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

  • n. A feeling of profound awe and respect and often love; veneration. See Synonyms at honor.
  • n. An act showing respect, especially a bow or curtsy.
  • n. The state of being revered.
  • n. Used as a form of address for certain members of the Christian clergy: Your Reverence.
  • transitive v. To consider or treat with profound awe and respect; venerate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Profound respect and esteem mingled with fear and affection, as for a holy being or place; the disposition to revere; veneration.
  • n. The act of revering; a token of respect or veneration; an obeisance.
  • n. That which deserves or exacts manifestations of reverence; reverend character; dignity; state.
  • n. 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.
  • transitive v. To regard or treat with reverence; to regard with respect and affection mingled with fear; to venerate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • 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.
  • n. 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.
  • n. The outward manifestation of reverent feeling; respect, esteem, or honor, as shown by conduct. See to do reverence, below.
  • n. An act or token of reverence.
  • n. The use of a phrase indicating respect. See save your reverence, below.
  • n. Reverend character; worthiness of respect and esteem.
  • n. Hence With a possessive personal pronoun, a title of respect, applied particularly to a clergyman.
  • n. Precedence; preëminence.
  • n. =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 WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

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


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