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[rev-er-uh nt, rev-ruh nt] /ˈrɛv ər ənt, ˈrɛv rənt/
feeling, exhibiting, or characterized by reverence; deeply respectful:
a reverent greeting.
Origin of reverent
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin reverent- (stem of reverēns), present participle of reverērī to revere1; see -ent
Related forms
reverently, adverb
reverentness, noun
nonreverent, adjective
nonreverently, adverb
self-reverent, adjective
unreverent, adjective
unreverently, adverb
Can be confused
reverend, reverent. Unabridged
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  • The institution became to him not simply a thing of personal pride, but an object of reverent regard.

    The Doctor Ralph Connor
  • He is so very young and reverent and tender, and in a way so unsophisticated.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • The atmosphere of the Church is that of expectancy, of reverent waiting for further revelation of the Divine will and purpose.

  • A picturesque, old German virtuoso is the reverent possessor of a genuine "Cremona."

    The Harbor Ernest Poole
  • Eunice wondered, to reverent admiration, at the love and forbearance with which he thanked her for the concession.

    Jessamine Marion Harland
  • Said it made him feel kind of reverent and holy, almost as if he was in Paradise.

    Cy Whittaker's Place Joseph C. Lincoln
British Dictionary definitions for reverent


/ˈrɛvərənt; ˈrɛvrənt/
feeling, expressing, or characterized by reverence
Derived Forms
reverently, adverb
reverentness, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin reverēns respectful
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Word Origin and History for reverent

late 14c., "reverend;" late 15c., "characterized by reverence, deeply respectful," from Old French reverent and directly from Latin reverentem (nominative reverens), present participle of revereri (see reverence). The sense of "reverend" was common 14c. through 17c. Related: Reverently.

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