Definition of reverential in English:



  • Of the nature of, due to, or characterized by reverence.

    ‘their names are always mentioned in reverential tones’
    • ‘Ancient Babylon, with its glistening towers and lavish horticultural cascades, must once have inspired similar reverential whispers.’
    • ‘They have a special feeling to them, not the least of which is provided by the house itself which is grand and reverential and thick with age like its great works of art.’
    • ‘We must tread on nature softly with reverential silence.’
    • ‘There, most voices conjoin in reverential awe.’
    • ‘You can't be too reverential or take those famous Pinter pauses - totally natural breaks in conversation - to an extreme, because it can get a bit stiff.’
    • ‘Perhaps it was the violin's formidable heritage, or the choice of repertoire, which accounts for the politely reverential tone of much of the recording.’
    • ‘If anything she's too reverential and deferential.’
    • ‘But, for the most part, the media coverage of the pope's death has been intelligent, respectful, and even reverential.’
    • ‘Nigel and Fergal look on with a variety of pained and reverential expressions - at one point actually sitting in pews while a survivor reads to the congregation from the Bible.’
    • ‘And at a time when the country needed to be cheered up, the sight of our reverential politicians getting the mickey taken out of them was as uplifting a vision as could be.’
    • ‘Wars grow to look the same, demonstrations are cut from a loop of video, and natural disasters have their stock shots, their reverential tone and their lexicon of clichés.’
    • ‘The ambience is one of total comfort, without the reverential - and off-putting - hush that some ostensibly great restaurants seem to encourage.’
    • ‘If even the Holocaust, or, more correctly, the hushed and reverential tones in which we typically discuss it, is a fit subject for humour, then why not disability?’
    • ‘I'm certain they had a Chess channel, where epochal matches of the past were recreated in hushed reverential tones.’
    • ‘The atmosphere was reverential, rather than tense.’
    • ‘Out of respect for the lost leader, talk of a succession contest has been muted but, despite the reverential treatment, there is no rule in politics that states that the meek shall inherit the earth.’
    • ‘Damn, I was simply trying to strike the appropriate, reverential tone for this great institution.’
    • ‘Hicks offers a reverential homage to nature, while a slightly pompous drama slowly unfolds.’
    • ‘Fans still talk about it in near reverential tones.’
    • ‘While Gandhi wrote to Leo Tolstoy in the most reverential terms, the Count addressed him as ‘Dear Friend.’’
    respectful, worshipping, worshipful, adoring, loving, admiring, devoted, devout, dutiful, awed
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