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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
References in classic literature ?
Well, then,'' answered Wamba, ``your reverences must hold on this path till you come to a sunken cross, of which scarce a cubit's length remains above ground; then take the path to the left, for there are four which meet at Sunken Cross, and I trust your reverences will obtain shelter before the storm comes on.
I have not failed to do so, your Reverences," replied the young man, returning their salutation.
Two minutes after, the Abbe Fouquet appeared in the doorway, with profound reverences.
Except for the few complimentary words to the lady, and now and then a slight inclination of the head in requital of the profound reverences of the bystanders, he seemed wholly absorbed in his pipe.
If her simplicity had been the simplicity of pettiness he would have chafed and rebelled; but since the lines of her character, though so few, were on the same fine mould as her face, she became the tutelary divinity of all his old traditions and reverences.
always to [1315a] seem particularly attentive to the worship of the gods; for from persons of such a character men entertain less fears of suffering anything illegal while they suppose that he who governs them is religious and reverences the gods; and they will be less inclined to raise insinuations against such a one, as being peculiarly under their protection: but this must be so done as to give no occasion for any suspicion of hypocrisy.
The four personages, after having reaped a rich reward of applause for their reverences, began, in the midst of profound silence, a prologue, which we gladly spare the reader.
He bowed with a friendly air to Saint-Aignan, who was all reverences and smiles, and trembling held out his hand to Henrietta, his sister-in-law, whose beauty struck him; but he saw in the eyes of that princess an expression of coldness which would facilitate, as he thought, their future relations.
reverences, revivalists, cenobites, perpetual curates, chaplains,
But you have more frequent opportunities of meeting her than I have; and she loves you, I know, and reverences you too: there is nobody's opinion she thinks so much of; and she says you have more sense than mamma.
Uncas, the son of Chingachgook," answered the captive modestly, turning from the nation, and bending his head in reverence to the other's character and years; "a son of the great Unamis.