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[rev-uh-ren-shuh l] /ˌrɛv əˈrɛn ʃəl/
of the nature of or characterized by reverence; reverent:
reverential awe.
1545-55; reverent + -ial
Related forms
[rev-uh-ren-shee-al-i-tee] /ˌrɛv əˌrɛn ʃiˈæl ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
reverentialness, noun
reverentially, adverb
nonreverential, adjective
nonreverentially, adverb
unreverential, adjective
unreverentially, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for reverential
  • Those fortunate enough to have driven it still talk about it, in almost reverential tones.
  • Don't come here expecting gastronomy, or even behavior that's particularly reverential or polite.
  • Some viewers have objected to the less than reverential way in which he is portrayed.
  • Freer and less reverential adaptations exist as well.
  • So this is not the stuff of reverential foodie-worship.
  • Although she was reverential about royalty, she had been known to upstage the crowned heads she revered.
  • At this exhibit, in high contrast, the atmosphere is reverential and subdued.
  • The treatment is reverential and applause will be strictly forbidden.
British Dictionary definitions for reverential


resulting from or showing reverence: a pilgrimage is a reverential act, performed by reverent people
Derived Forms
reverentially, adverb
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Word Origin and History for reverential

1550s, from Latin reverentia (see reverence) + -al (1). Related: Reverentially.

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