from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A feeling of profound awe and respect and often love. synonym: honor.
  • noun An act showing respect, especially a bow or curtsy.
  • noun Used as a form of address for certain members of the Christian clergy.
  • transitive verb To consider or treat with profound awe and respect; venerate.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To regard with reverence; look upon with awe and esteem; respect deeply; venerate.
  • To do reverence to: treat with respect; pay respect to; specifically, to salute with a reverence, bow, or obeisance.
  • Synonyms Worship, Revere, etc. See adore.
  • noun A feeling of mingled awe, respect, and admiration; veneration; esteem heightened by awe, as of a superior; reverent regard; especially, such a feeling toward deity.
  • noun The outward manifestation of reverent feeling; respect, esteem, or honor, as shown by conduct. See to do reverence, below.
  • noun An act or token of reverence.
  • noun The use of a phrase indicating respect. See save your reverence, below.
  • noun Reverend character; worthiness of respect and esteem.
  • noun Hence With a possessive personal pronoun, a title of respect, applied particularly to a clergyman.
  • noun Precedence; preëminence.
  • noun =Syn, 1. Awe, Veneration, Reverence. Reverence is nearly equivalent to veneration, but expresses something less of the same emotion. It differs from awe in that it is not akin to the feeling of fear, dread, or terror, while also implying a certain amount of love or affection. We feel reverence for a parent and for an upright magistrate, but we stand in awe of a tyrant.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Profound respect and esteem mingled with fear and affection, as for a holy being or place; the disposition to revere; veneration.
  • noun The act of revering; a token of respect or veneration; an obeisance.
  • noun That which deserves or exacts manifestations of reverence; reverend character; dignity; state.
  • noun A person entitled to be revered; -- a title applied to priests or other ministers with the pronouns his or your; sometimes poetically to a father.
  • noun an apologetical phrase for an unseemly expression made in the presence of a priest or clergyman.
  • noun a contracted form of Save your reverence.
  • noun to show reverence or honor; to perform an act of reverence.
  • transitive verb To regard or treat with reverence; to regard with respect and affection mingled with fear; to venerate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Veneration; profound awe and respect, normally in a sacred context.
  • noun An act of showing respect, such as a bow.
  • noun The state of being revered.
  • noun A form of address for some members of the clergy.
  • verb To show reverence.

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

  • verb regard with feelings of respect and reverence; consider hallowed or exalted or be in awe of
  • noun a feeling of profound respect for someone or something
  • noun a reverent mental attitude
  • noun an act showing respect (especially a bow or curtsy)


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