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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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Examples from the web for reverent
  • The proposed inscriptions for the monument must be reverent, tasteful, and pay respectful tribute to the deceased.
  • He'd ask a reverent question, she'd laser him a suspicious look, waiting for the zinger.
  • There are people, particularly in times of prominent famine, who become almost reverent when you say you are an aid worker.
  • Enhancing her almost supernatural status are the reverent eyes of her servant.
  • Let pleasant paths invite the coming and going of reverent visitors and fond mourners.
  • The park is a tribute to all branches of the military, and the event is reverent of all those who have served their country.
  • The mountains feel peaceful, even reverent as they rise into the slow white falling of late winter snow.
  • When you lifted the lid on a personal box, without saying anything, it almost turned into a reverent experience.
  • Give us an uplift for our tasks today and let us rejoice with reverent confidence.
  • No words can give an adequate idea of the reverent respect which.
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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