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re·vere 1

tr.v. re·vered, re·ver·ing, re·veres
To regard with awe, deference, and devotion.

[French révérer, from Old French reverer, from Latin reverērī : re-, re- + verērī, to respect; see wer- in Indo-European roots.]
Synonyms: revere1, worship, venerate, adore, idolize
These verbs mean to regard with deep respect, deference, and admiration. Revere suggests awe coupled with profound honor: "At least one third of the population ... reveres every sort of holy man" (Rudyard Kipling).
Worship connotes an often uncritical devotion: "[The shortstop] was universally worshipped by fans from the first day he came to Boston" (Dan Shaughnessy).
Venerate connotes reverence accorded by virtue especially of dignity or age: "I venerate the memory of my grandfather" (Horace Walpole).
To adore is to worship with deep, often rapturous love: The students adored their caring teacher. Idolize implies regard like that accorded an object of religious devotion: a general who was idolized by his troops.

re·vere 2

 (rĭ-vîr′, -vâr′)
Variant of revers.


respected, venerated
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.revered - profoundly honoredrevered - profoundly honored; "revered holy men"
honourable, honorable - worthy of being honored; entitled to honor and respect; "an honorable man"; "led an honorable life"; "honorable service to his country"


[rɪˈvɪərd] adjvénéré(e)
References in classic literature ?
Now, as always, Clare's father was sanguine as a child; and though the younger could not accept his parent's narrow dogma he revered his practice, and recognized the hero under the pietist.
Besides, the journey is nowadays much more usual, and therefore much less adventurous, than when those revered writers first described it.
I obediently despised the classic unities and the French and Italian theatre which had perpetuated them, and I revered the romantic drama which had its glorious course among the Spanish and English poets, and which was crowned with the fame of the Cervantes and the Shakespeare whom I seemed to own, they owned me so completely.