Definitions

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

  • adj. Marked by, feeling, or expressing reverence.

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  • adj. showing respect or reverence; respectful

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Disposed to revere; impressed with reverence; submissive; humble; respectful.
  • adj. Expressing reverence, veneration, devotion, or submission.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Feeling or displaying reverence; impressed with veneration or deep respect; standing in awe with admiration, as before superior age, worth, capacity, power, or achievement.
  • Proceeding from or characteristic of reverence; expressive of veneration or profound respect and awe: as, reverent conduct; a reverent attitude toward religious questions.
  • Reverend.
  • Strong; undiluted: noting liquors.

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

  • adj. feeling or showing profound respect or veneration
  • adj. showing great reverence for god

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French, from Latin reverēns, reverent-, present participle of reverērī, to revere; see revere1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Tadhg extended his thick, rough hands in front of him, his expression reverent.

    My Devilish Scotsman

  • Boyd gazed at the material a moment, his expression reverent.

    The Will

  • A fact-based film that succeeds in being both artful and reverent is a rare thing.

    History

  • But then, also, it was with a certain reverent curiousness that she approached the cabin, while the Hush on her cheek showed a yet riper mellowness.

    THE GREAT INTERROGATION

  • He speaks about it in reverent tones, his voice betraying a childlike excitement.

    Guillermo Del Toro Finds Religion In ‘Frankenstein’ Adaptation » MTV Movies Blog

  • By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household.

    The Memory Hole

  • America was spoken of in reverent tones, a place where anyone had the chance to be their own person and make their fortune, a place where streets were paved in gold.

    Mornin' Funny

  • This one was unexpected because I started the year as an agnostic, and by the end of the year I became what a friend of mine calls a reverent agnostic, which I love.

    A.J. Jacobs' year of living biblically

  • He rose from the table and went to her, and, as if in reverent acknowledgment that this moment was his own, the others drew aside for him.

    Spice and the Devil's Cave

  • Just then the angels were so near that Abbot Hans felt the feathery touch of their great wings, and he bowed down to earth in reverent greeting.

    The Girl from the Marsh Croft

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  • 'Ehrfürchtig'

    S: Reverential, Respectful, Feeling, Gracious, Solemn

    A: Rude, Impolite

    October 25, 2013