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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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  • Nevertheless he reverently greeted the friar and bade him be seated.

    With the Black Prince William Osborn Stoddard
  • At the door he turned, took her hand and kissed it gently and reverently.

  • Monte-Cristo and his children found refuge in the hut of Alexis, to which Haydée's body was reverently borne.

    Edmond Dants Edmund Flagg
  • Then he kissed her once on the mouth, reverently but deliberately.

    Audrey Craven May Sinclair
  • "With God all things are possible," reverently replied the other, laying a kindly hand on the young man's shoulder.

    The Angel of the Gila: Cora Marsland
  • He followed her and took her hand, and, bending down, kissed it reverently.

  • Carefully she folded the matted circle of feathers in its muslin covering and reverently replaced it in the bureau drawer.

    Blue Ridge Country Jean Thomas
  • He stooped and kissed her, reverently and lingeringly, upon the forehead.

    Despair's Last Journey David Christie Murray
  • And when she gave it to him he folded it reverently and put it away.

    The Princess Elopes Harold MacGrath
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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