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reverence

[rev-er-uh ns, rev-ruh ns] /ˈrɛv ər əns, ˈrɛv rəns/
noun
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.
(initial capital letter) a title used in addressing or mentioning a member of the clergy (usually preceded by your or his).
verb (used with object), reverenced, reverencing.
6.
to regard or treat with reverence; venerate:
One should reverence God and His laws.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English < Latin reverentia respect, fear, awe. See revere1, -ence
Related forms
reverencer, noun
nonreverence, noun
self-reverence, noun
unreverenced, adjective
Synonyms
1. honor, esteem. 6. revere, honor, adore.
Antonyms
1. contempt.
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British Dictionary definitions for his reverence

reverence

/ˈrɛvərəns/
noun
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.
(archaic) saving your reverence, a form of apology for using an obscene or taboo expression
verb
5.
(transitive) to revere or venerate
Derived Forms
reverencer, noun

Reverence

/ˈrɛvərəns/
noun
1.
(preceded by Your or His) a title sometimes used to address or refer to a Roman Catholic priest
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Word Origin and History for his reverence

reverence

n.

late 13c., from Old French reverence "respect, awe," from Latin reverentia "awe, respect," from revereri "to stand in awe of, respect, honor, fear, be afraid of; revere," from re-, intensive prefix (see re-), + vereri "stand in awe of, fear," from PIE *wer- "to be or become aware of, perceive, watch out for" (cf. Old English wær "aware, cautious;" see wary).

v.

late 14c., "treat with respect, honor; venerate, pay pious homage to; esteem, value; bow to (someone); do honor to," from reverence (n.). Related: Reverenced; reverencing.

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