Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To regard with awe, deference, and devotion.
  • n. Variant of revers.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To regard someone or something with great awe or devotion.
  • v. To venerate someone or something as an idol.
  • n. a revers

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To regard with reverence, or profound respect and affection, mingled with awe or fear; to venerate; to reverence; to honor in estimation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To regard with deepest respect and awe; venerate; reverence; hold in great honor or high esteem.
  • Synonyms Worship, Reverence, etc. See adore.
  • n. A Middle English form of river.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. American silversmith remembered for his midnight ride (celebrated in a poem by Longfellow) to warn the colonists in Lexington and Concord that British troops were coming (1735-1818)
  • v. regard with feelings of respect and reverence; consider hallowed or exalted or be in awe of
  • n. a lapel on a woman's garment; turned back to show the reverse side
  • v. love unquestioningly and uncritically or to excess; venerate as an idol

Etymologies

French révérer, from Old French reverer, from Latin reverērī : re-, re- + verērī, to respect.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin re- + verērī, present infinitive of vereor ("to fear"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • In his current column at Politico, the oh-so-funny Mike Allen asks: Do reporters 'revere' Senator Clinton?

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  • Zwelethini urged the government to "revere" King Shaka Day and not to "dilute" the day with celebrations commemorating "other heroes".

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  • So even if I were inclined to reveal the names of anyone who writes under the name of "revere" (and "the reveres" have made a decision about this which I will abide by), it wouldn't mean anything of substance.

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  • The person who taps the keys here over the signature "revere" (or sometimes "Revere"; it's at most one at a time) is not Paul Revere.

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  • Amerikans "revere" The Economist because it's a British publication .... it's nevertheless the same-old "Capitalist" propaganda.

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  • Addressing troops at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, the Prime Minister said that Britain should once again "revere" service personnel and announced a £58 million increase in payments for those on front line.

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  • [Holland's article received a furious rebuttal -- More crappy flu journalism, this time Alternet -- from a blogger named "revere" at Effect Measure with which I strongly concur.

    Spreading Hysteria about Swine Flu "Hysteria": Public Health Preparedness in the Face of Uncertainty

  • Indeed, my larger point remains: while this playwright may "revere" intellectuals, he likes to punish them, too ” a perhaps unconscious artistic choice that suggests to me that his reverence is tempered by what I have called a "romantic" elevation of the heart over the head.

    'The Invention of Love': An Exchange

  • Trust ecstatic arousal more than sedated relaxation; pay more attention to irrationality than over-rationality; cultivate circular thought over linear causality; prioritize whole feelings as opposed to fragmented thoughts; seek jazzy syncopation rather than monotonous metronome-like, tick-tock-clock rhythms; become improvisational rather than ritualistic; and revere wild experience over that which is tame.

    The Bushman Way of Tracking God

  • These birthers all fit the same profile: uneducated whites that revere the likes of Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh.

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  • I thought it was herdshos.

    March 10, 2011

  • That's sexist yarb. To be inclusive we should refer to them as herdsmen and herdschicks.

    March 10, 2011

  • Why would they fear the name?

    It's not as though it's a scary name, like Azathoth or something. Although I can see how the ALLCAPS would have intimidated bronze-age herdsmen.

    March 10, 2011

  • The nations will fear the name of the LORD, all the kings of the earth will revere your glory. Psalm 102:15.

    March 10, 2011