Definition of reverence in English:

reverence

noun

  • 1Deep respect for someone or something.

    ‘rituals showed honor and reverence for the dead’
    • ‘We faithfully attend churches and other religious services, giving reverence and love to the One who called us into being.’
    • ‘He embodies reverence, leadership, honor, and inspiration.’
    • ‘That is because it is a part of our mourning for the oldest of sons to have his head shaved in reverence to a dead parent.’
    • ‘Punchithaya's tryst with art stems from his admiration and deep reverence for Nature.’
    • ‘He will be remembered with deep affection and reverence by the countless numbers of people whose lives he touched and influenced.’
    • ‘These words reflect the great reverence, respect and love that the Prophet always showed towards animals.’
    • ‘Respect, honour and reverence for the Lord are the beginning of wisdom; those who act accordingly have a good understanding.’
    • ‘Let man only approach his own self with a deep respect, even reverence for all that the creative soul, the God-mystery within us, puts forth.’
    • ‘Respect and reverence for all religious and philosophical traditions is at the heart of democratic civil society which makes student newspapers possible.’
    • ‘When the classical culture invaded Egypt, they sought to capture the deep reverence afforded to Thoth and amalgamated his characteristics into their own god Hermes.’
    • ‘Our folklore and arts and crafts reflect our love and reverence for the animal world.’
    • ‘‘Silent Running’ is the grandfather of modern science fiction/fantasy films, and Universal has honored it with respect and reverence.’
    • ‘I do not know whence come this respect and this reverence.’
    • ‘The woman's presence drew reverence from deep within Portia's soul, though Portia was unaware of the connecting path between their hearts.’
    • ‘In fact walkers are indeed kindred spirits - sharing a deep respect and reverence for the landscape, culture and heritage of the area.’
    • ‘They were able to persuade people that Stonehenge should be a place of reverence and respect, and to deal with the tiny group of people who felt compelled to climb up the stones without creating a riot.’
    • ‘The zombie genre is one rich in history and it takes a person with honor and reverence for that genre to pull off a good zombie flick.’
    • ‘All of this solemnity had the effect of devitalizing Potter's work, prematurely shrouding it with all the cobwebs of respectability and reverence.’
    • ‘That's why many view the law of the river with nearly biblical reverence.’
    • ‘The overall appearance of the sculpture is one of elegance and reverence reflecting the dignity of the memorial.’
    high esteem, high regard, great respect, acclaim, admiration, approbation, approval, appreciation, estimation, favour, recognition
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    1. 1.1archaic A gesture indicative of respect; a bow or curtsy.
      ‘the messenger made his reverence’
      • ‘When I got there in my family's carriage, Jean-Luc, my family's driver, helped me put down my baggage and I said my goodbyes to him, and he made a brief reverence and went back home.’
      • ‘The large, solid iron gates opened with an ear-piercing shriek and Ithelien carried me across it swiftly; the guards made a reverence as I galloped past.’
      inclination, obeisance, nod, curtsy, bob, salaam, salutation
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    2. 1.2His/Your Reverence A title given to a member of the clergy, or used in addressing them.
      • ‘Come hear what his Reverence rises to say, in his painted pulpit, this calm Sabbath day.’
      • ‘I wrote a long letter to your reverence after your religious profession.’
      • ‘If you want to be more polite you could use His Reverence.’
      • ‘Your reverence, I saw four pure black bulls who came from the four directions to fight in the palace courtyard.’
      • ‘An anonymous letter was later received by Jim Gahan, declaring his daughter's death served him right because of what he had been saying about ‘His Reverence.’’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Regard or treat with deep respect.

    ‘the many divine beings reverenced by Hindu tradition’
    • ‘Masonry reverences all the great reformers.’
    • ‘And there's something very wonderful and God-like about that unfolding that makes me want to reverence it.’
    • ‘We do not know how earliest settlers viewed the forests, but the Celts deeply reverenced trees; indeed, the word ‘Druid’ is related to that for ‘oak.’’
    • ‘Cultural strain remains greatest in Japan, where concepts of brain death remain unacceptable to many people and traditional attitudes to death reverence the body and its transformation into a new ancestor.’
    • ‘Therefore we reverence the Scriptures and assign them pride of place in our worship and teaching.’
    • ‘Instead of being regarded with panic or horror, these relics are reverenced.’
    • ‘The word gives the picture of a believer treating the Lord's Supper as a common meal, not reverencing the symbolic meaning and spiritual impact it is intended to make upon his soul and spirit.’
    • ‘Walter Bagehot famously warned in 1867 that ‘above all things our royalty is to be reverenced, and if you poke about it you cannot reverence it.’’
    • ‘Her family had reverenced the House of Guru Nanak since the days of the Sixth Guru, and her son, Kanwar Ram Singh, now attended upon the holy guest.’
    • ‘Baptist spirituality takes to heart the divine command to honor father and mother, and to reverence gray hairs.’
    • ‘All these noble qualities are to be reverenced and loved, no doubt, but what entitles them to be called beautiful?’
    • ‘Even when they appear to uphold religious traditions, in their hearts, heterodox rabbis, he claims, do not reverence the name of God they pretend to bless.’
    • ‘In this temple dwells Jupiter: let its ruler convince you that it is to be reverenced.’
    • ‘She is greatly reverenced by jewel smiths, who see their art as an attempt to capture the beauty of her heavens in the work of their hands, but generally has little to do with mortals.’
    • ‘Figures who dismiss argument - like the Pythagoreans, who reverence their Master and want only to treasure his words - are always seen as philosophically marginal.’
    • ‘The music makes abundantly clear how much he learnt from his ‘ancient, & much reverenced Master’, William Byrd.’
    • ‘In Spain, the dance is done to reverence the Blessed Sacrament, a consecrated wafer used in Communion.’
    • ‘The human body should be reverenced as a holy place would be.’
    • ‘Only this is to be reverenced in the rational being, that he feels and acts as a member of a transcendental realm, while recognizing that he can know only the world of nature.’
    • ‘His enthusiasm and commanding personality enabled him to influence greatly the work of many of his juniors, so that they came to reverence him as the founder of their careers.’
    revere, respect, admire, think highly of, have a high opinion of, hold in high regard, esteem, hold in esteem, hold in high esteem, think much of, approve of, appreciate, cherish, value, set store by, set great store by, prize, treasure, look up to
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Origin

Middle English: from Old French, from Latin reverentia, from revereri ‘stand in awe of’ (see revere).

Pronunciation

reverence

/ˈrɛv(ə)rəns//ˈrev(ə)rəns/