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sir-reverence

[sur-rev-er-uh ns] /ˌsɜrˈrɛv ər əns/
noun, Obsolete
1.
(used as an expression of apology, as before unseemly or indelicate words.)
Origin of sir-reverence
1565-1575
1565-75; alteration of save your reverence
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  • A very reverent body; ay, such a one as a man 90 may not speak of, without he say sir-reverence.

    The Comedy of Errors William Shakespeare
British Dictionary definitions for sir-reverence

sir-reverence

interjection
1.
(obsolete) an expression of apology used esp to introduce taboo or vulgar words or phrases
Word Origin
C16: short for save your reverence
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