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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.
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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
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(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.
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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
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A bow or curtsy.
Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words by Diagram Group Copyright © 2008 by Diagram Visual Information Limited
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"
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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.
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The act of adoring, especially reverently:
To regard with great awe and devotion:
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تَوْقير، تَبْجيل
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A. N
1. (= respect) → reverencia f
2. (Rel) Your ReverenceReverencia
B. VT (frm) (= revere) → venerar
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[ˈrɛvərəns] n (= respect) → vénération f
reverence for sb/sth → vénération pour qn/qch
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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
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2. vtvenerare
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(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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References in classic literature ?
Blick before Your Reverence come into the parish, and been at the ringin' o' every bell, and the diggin' o' every grave, and sung i' the choir long afore Bartle Massey come from nobody knows where, wi' his counter-singin' and fine anthems, as puts everybody out but himself--one takin' it up after another like sheep a-bleatin' i' th' fold.
Discussing the matter with him, a mere boy, I should be in perfect safety; for he would know nothing of the Proclamation of the Council; whereas I could not feel sure that my Sons -- so greatly did their patriotism and reverence for the Circles predominate over mere blind affection -- might not feel compelled to hand me over to the Prefect, if they found me seriously maintaining the seditious heresy of the Third Dimension.
Queen of the immortals is she, surpassing all in beauty: she is the sister and the wife of loud-thundering Zeus, -- the glorious one whom all the blessed throughout high Olympus reverence and honour even as Zeus who delights in thunder.
Wherefore he was held in high reverence, and when the two other gentlemen were hanged for lying the Theosophists elected him to the leadership of their Disastral Body, and after a quiet life and an honourable death by the kick of a jackass he was reincarnated as a Yellow Dog.
I had no pedigree, no inherited title; so in the king's and nobles' eyes I was mere dirt; the people regarded me with wonder and awe, but there was no reverence mixed with it; through the force of inherited ideas they were not able to conceive of any- thing being entitled to that except pedigree and lord- ship.
The waves have now a redder glow - The hours are breathing faint and low - And when, amid no earthly moans, Down, down that town shall settle hence, Hell, rising from a thousand thrones, Shall do it reverence.
Even little Alice opened her sweet blue eyes, with her lips apart, and almost held her breath to listen; so instinctive is the reverence of childhood for the father of his country.
Satan dropped it there, I take it, intending a scurrilous jest against your reverence. But, indeed, he was blind and foolish, as he ever and always is.
The causes of superstition are: pleasing and sensual rites and ceremonies; excess of outward and pharisaical holiness; overgreat reverence of traditions, which cannot but load the church; the stratagems of prelates, for their own ambition and lucre; the favoring too much of good intentions, which openeth the gate to conceits and novelties; the taking an aim at divine matters, by human, which cannot but breed mixture of imaginations: and, lastly, barbarous times, especially joined with calamities and disasters.
There remains of the different classes of the people whom we have enumerated, the priests, for these evidently compose a rank by themselves; for neither are they to be reckoned amongst the husbandmen nor the mechanics; for reverence to the gods is highly becoming every state: and since the citizens have been divided into orders, the military and the council, and it is proper to offer due worship to the gods, and since it is necessary that those who are employed in their service should have nothing else to do, let the business of the priesthood be allotted to those who are in years.
Many heavy things are there for the spirit, the strong load-bearing spirit in which reverence dwelleth: for the heavy and the heaviest longeth its strength.
``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.''