reverence

[rev-er-uhns, rev-ruhns]
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; Middle English < Latin reverentia respect, fear, awe. See revere1, -ence

reverencer, noun
nonreverence, noun
self-reverence, noun
unreverenced, adjective


1. honor, esteem. 6. revere, honor, adore.


1. contempt.
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reverence (ˈrɛvərəns)
 
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.  archaic saving your reverence a form of apology for using an obscene or taboo expression
 
vb
5.  (tr) to revere or venerate
 
'reverencer
 
n

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

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reverence
late 13c., from O.Fr. reverence, from L. reverentia "awe, respect," from revereri "to revere," from re-, intensive prefix, + vereri "stand in awe of, fear," from PIE *wer- "to be or become aware of" (cf. O.E. wær "aware, cautious;" see wary). The verb is first attested c.1300.
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Example sentences
Far too many literary adaptations wear the fancy dress of high culture prestige
  or bind themselves into corsets of reverence.
There was no way, it seemed, that he could dim expectations or escape public
  reverence.
Though pigskin may not be kosher, reverence is certainly called for.
We treat data in the shortterm with reverence and in the longterm with
  skepticism.
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