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reverence

[rev-er-uhns, rev-ruhns]
noun
1.
a feeling or attitude of deep respect tinged with awe; veneration.
2.
the outward manifestation of this feeling: to pay reverence.
3.
a gesture indicative of deep respect; an obeisance, bow, or curtsy.
4.
the state of being revered.
5.
(initial capital letter) a title used in addressing or mentioning a member of the clergy (usually preceded by your or his ).
verb (used with object), reverenced, reverencing.
6.
to regard or treat with reverence; venerate: One should reverence God and His laws.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English < Latin reverentia respect, fear, awe. See revere1, -ence

reverencer, noun
nonreverence, noun
self-reverence, noun
unreverenced, adjective


1. honor, esteem. 6. revere, honor, adore.


1. contempt.
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reverence (ˈrɛvərəns)
 
n
1.  a feeling or attitude of profound respect, usually reserved for the sacred or divine; devoted veneration
2.  an outward manifestation of this feeling, esp a bow or act of obeisance
3.  the state of being revered or commanding profound respect
4.  archaic saving your reverence a form of apology for using an obscene or taboo expression
 
vb
5.  (tr) to revere or venerate
 
'reverencer
 
n

Reverence (ˈrɛvərəns)
 
n
(preceded by Your or His) a title sometimes used to address or refer to a Roman Catholic priest

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reverence
late 13c., from O.Fr. reverence, from L. reverentia "awe, respect," from revereri "to revere," from re-, intensive prefix, + vereri "stand in awe of, fear," from PIE *wer- "to be or become aware of" (cf. O.E. wær "aware, cautious;" see wary). The verb is first attested c.1300.
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