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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 reverently
  • His accomplishments and influence are far reaching, and he will be remembered reverently and fondly.
  • He visits local factories, nodding reverently at machines.
  • Through-out his life he would speak of it reverently.
  • The objects from micrographs are reverently sculpted together with an effort to protect their intrinsic beauty.
  • Each of them reverently touched his feet before addressing him.
  • Dancers sway sinuously, while customers reverently sip their beer.
  • Sitting up in the bed, she took it reverently in her hands.
  • Slippers pad reverently across pine floors and servers kneel to place lacquered dishes on low tables.
  • The camera looks up at him reverently from below as if the cameraman is among the audience.
  • To know when it's reverently rolled up is to know when it is dusk.
British Dictionary definitions for reverently


/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 reverently



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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