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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 reverencer

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 reverencer
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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