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1. A feeling of profound awe and respect and often love. See Synonyms at honor.
2. An act showing respect, especially a bow or curtsy.
3. Reverence Used as a form of address for certain members of the Christian clergy: Your Reverence.
tr.v. rev·er·enced, rev·er·enc·ing, rev·er·enc·es
To consider or treat with profound awe and respect; venerate: "There was nobody whom she reverenced as she reverenced him" (Virginia Woolf).

rev′er·enc·er n.


1. a feeling or attitude of profound respect, usually reserved for the sacred or divine; devoted veneration
2. an outward manifestation of this feeling, esp a bow or act of obeisance
3. the state of being revered or commanding profound respect
4. saving your reverence archaic a form of apology for using an obscene or taboo expression
(tr) to revere or venerate
ˈreverencer n


(Roman Catholic Church) (preceded by Your or His) a title sometimes used to address or refer to a Roman Catholic priest


(ˈrɛv ər əns, ˈrɛv rəns)

n., v. -enced, -enc•ing. n.
1. a feeling or attitude of deep respect tinged with awe; veneration.
2. the outward manifestation of this feeling: to pay reverence.
3. a gesture indicative of deep respect; an obeisance, bow, or curtsy.
4. the state of being revered.
5. (cap.) a title used in addressing or mentioning a member of the clergy (usu. prec. by Your, His, or Her).
6. to regard or treat with reverence; venerate; revere.
[1250–1300; Middle English < Latin reverentia. See revere1, -ence]
rev′er•enc•er, n.


Past participle: reverenced
Gerund: reverencing

I reverence
you reverence
he/she/it reverences
we reverence
you reverence
they reverence
I reverenced
you reverenced
he/she/it reverenced
we reverenced
you reverenced
they reverenced
Present Continuous
I am reverencing
you are reverencing
he/she/it is reverencing
we are reverencing
you are reverencing
they are reverencing
Present Perfect
I have reverenced
you have reverenced
he/she/it has reverenced
we have reverenced
you have reverenced
they have reverenced
Past Continuous
I was reverencing
you were reverencing
he/she/it was reverencing
we were reverencing
you were reverencing
they were reverencing
Past Perfect
I had reverenced
you had reverenced
he/she/it had reverenced
we had reverenced
you had reverenced
they had reverenced
I will reverence
you will reverence
he/she/it will reverence
we will reverence
you will reverence
they will reverence
Future Perfect
I will have reverenced
you will have reverenced
he/she/it will have reverenced
we will have reverenced
you will have reverenced
they will have reverenced
Future Continuous
I will be reverencing
you will be reverencing
he/she/it will be reverencing
we will be reverencing
you will be reverencing
they will be reverencing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been reverencing
you have been reverencing
he/she/it has been reverencing
we have been reverencing
you have been reverencing
they have been reverencing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been reverencing
you will have been reverencing
he/she/it will have been reverencing
we will have been reverencing
you will have been reverencing
they will have been reverencing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been reverencing
you had been reverencing
he/she/it had been reverencing
we had been reverencing
you had been reverencing
they had been reverencing
I would reverence
you would reverence
he/she/it would reverence
we would reverence
you would reverence
they would reverence
Past Conditional
I would have reverenced
you would have reverenced
he/she/it would have reverenced
we would have reverenced
you would have reverenced
they would have reverenced


A bow or curtsy.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.reverence - a feeling of profound respect for someone or somethingreverence - a feeling of profound respect for someone or something; "the fear of God"; "the Chinese reverence for the dead"; "the French treat food with gentle reverence"; "his respect for the law bordered on veneration"
emotion - any strong feeling
2.reverence - a reverent mental attitude
attitude, mental attitude - a complex mental state involving beliefs and feelings and values and dispositions to act in certain ways; "he had the attitude that work was fun"
irreverence - an irreverent mental attitude
3.reverence - an act showing respect (especially a bow or curtsy)
action - something done (usually as opposed to something said); "there were stories of murders and other unnatural actions"
bowing, obeisance, bow - bending the head or body or knee as a sign of reverence or submission or shame or greeting
curtsey, curtsy - bending the knees; a gesture of respect made by women
Verb1.reverence - regard with feelings of respect and reverencereverence - regard with feelings of respect and reverence; consider hallowed or exalted or be in awe of; "Fear God as your father"; "We venerate genius"
esteem, respect, value, prise, prize - regard highly; think much of; "I respect his judgement"; "We prize his creativity"
saint, enshrine - hold sacred
worship - show devotion to (a deity); "Many Hindus worship Shiva"


1. respect, honour, worship, admiration, awe, devotion, homage, deference, adoration, veneration, high esteem in mutual support and reverence for the dead
respect contempt, scorn, disdain, derision, contumely
1. revere, respect, honour, admire, worship, adore, pay homage to, venerate, be in awe of, hold in awe Some men even seem to reverence them.


The act of adoring, especially reverently:
To regard with great awe and devotion:
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A. N
1. (= respect) → reverencia f
2. (Rel) Your ReverenceReverencia
B. VT (frm) (= revere) → venerar


[ˈrɛvərəns] n (= respect) → vénération f
reverence for sb/sth → vénération pour qn/qch


Ehrfurcht f, → Reverenz f (geh); (= veneration)Verehrung f(for für); to have reverence for somebodyjdn verehren; to bow in reverencesich ehrfürchtig verneigen; to treat something with reverenceetw ehrfürchtig behandeln; to show reverenceEhrfurcht zeigen; to show somebody reverencejdm Ehrfurcht bezeigen
your Reverence(Euer) Hochwürden
(obs, = bow) → Reverenz f


2. vtvenerare


(rəˈviə) verb
to feel or show great respect for. The students revere the professor.
reverence (ˈrevərəns) noun
great respect. He was held in reverence by those who worked for him.
Reverend (ˈrevərənd) noun
(usually abbreviated to Rev. when written) a title given to a clergyman. (the) Rev. John Brown.
reverent (ˈrevərənt) adjective
showing great respect. A reverent silence followed the professor's lecture.
ˈreverently adverb
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Our Pickwick, always at his post, With reverence we greet, As, spectacles on nose, he reads Our well-filled weekly sheet.
They spoke together, and the sounds of their voices were low and solemn, as if influenced by a reverence that was deeply blended with awe.
said Christie, with, I fear, a slight lack of reverence in her tone, as her sister reentered the room.
She, in fact, felt a reverence for the pictured visage, of which only a far-descended and time-stricken virgin could be susceptible; and this forbidding scowl was the innocent result of her near-sightedness, and an effort so to concentrate her powers of vision as to substitute a firm outline of the object instead of a vague one.
It had been her habit, from an almost immemorial date, to go about the country as a kind of voluntary nurse, and doing whatever miscellaneous good she might; taking upon herself, likewise, to give advice in all matters, especially those of the heart, by which means -- as a person of such propensities inevitably must -- she gained from many people the reverence due to an angel, but, I should imagine, was looked upon by others as an intruder and a nuisance.
Uncommonly conscientious for a seaman, and endued with a deep natural reverence, the wild watery loneliness of his life did therefore strongly incline him to superstition; but to that sort of superstition, which in some organizations seems rather to spring, somehow, from intelligence than from ignorance.
To neither love nor reverence wilt thou be kind; and e'en for hate thou canst but kill; and all are killed.
Here is an historical figure whom all men reverence and love, whom some regard as divine; and who was one of us--who lived our life, and taught our doctrine.
Tom regarded his gay, airy, handsome young master with an odd mixture of fealty, reverence, and fatherly solicitude.
They who know of no purer sources of truth, who have traced up its stream no higher, stand, and wisely stand, by the Bible and the Constitution, and drink at it there with reverence and humanity; but they who behold where it comes trickling into this lake or that pool, gird up their loins once more, and continue their pilgrimage toward its fountainhead.
I was even impatient for to- morrow to come, I so wanted to gather in that great triumph and be the center of all the nation's wonder and reverence.
The bones of my ancestors are held in reverence and worship, even by men.