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Meaning of REVERENCE

Pronunciation:  'revuruns

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a reverent mental attitude
  2. [n]  a profound fear inspired by a deity
  3. [v]  regard with feelings of respect and reverence; consider hallowed or exalted or be in awe of; "Fear God as your father"; "We venerate genius"

REVERENCE is a 9 letter word that starts with R.


 Synonyms: awe, fear, revere, venerate, veneration
 Antonyms: irreverence
 See Also: attitude, enshrine, esteem, fear, fearfulness, fright, mental attitude, prise, prize, respect, saint, value, worship



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Rev"er*ence\, n. [F. r['e]v['e]rence, L. reverentia.
    See {Reverent}.]
    1. Profound respect and esteem mingled with fear and
       affection, as for a holy being or place; the disposition
       to revere; veneration.
             If thou be poor, farewell thy reverence. --Chaucer.
             Reverence, which is the synthesis of love and fear.
             When discords, and quarrels, and factions, are
             carried openly and audaciously, it is a sign the
             reverence of government islost.       --Bacon.
    Note: Formerly, as in Chaucer, reverence denoted ``respect''
          ``honor'', without awe or fear.
    2. The act of revering; a token of respect or veneration; an
             Make twenty reverences upon receiving . . . about
             twopence.                             --Goldsmith.
             And each of them doeth all his diligence To do unto
             the feast reverence.                  --Chaucer.
    3. That which deserves or exacts manifestations of reverence;
       reverend character; dignity; state.
             I am forced to lay my reverence by.   --Shak.
    4. 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. --Shak.
    {Save your reverence}, {Saving your reverence}, an
       apologetical phrase for an unseemly expression made in the
       presence of a priest or clergyman.
    {Sir reverence}, a contracted form of Save your reverence.
             Such a one as a man may not speak of, without he
             say. ``Sir reverence.''               --Shak.
    {To do reverence}, to show reverence or honor; to perform an
       act of reverence.
             Now lies he there, And none so poor to do him
             reverence.                            --Shak.
    Syn: Awe; honor; veneration; adoration; dread.
    Usage: {Awe}, {Reverence}, {Dread}, {Veneration}. Reverence
           is a strong sentiment of respect and esteem, sometimes
           mingled slightly with fear; as, reverence for the
           divine law. Awe is a mixed feeling of sublimity and
           dread in view of something great or terrible, sublime
           or sacred; as, awe at the divine presence. It does not
           necessarily imply love. Dread is an anxious fear in
           view of an impending evil; as, dread of punishment.
           Veneration is reverence in its strongest
           manifestations. It is the highest emotion we can
           exercise toward human beings. Exalted and noble
           objects produce reverence; terrific and threatening
           objects awaken dread; a sense of the divine presence
           fills us with awe; a union of wisdom and virtue in one
           who is advanced in years inspires us with veneration.
  2. \Rev"er*ence\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Reverenced}; p.
    pr. & vb. n. {Reverencing}.]
    To regard or treat with reverence; to regard with respect and
    affection mingled with fear; to venerate.
          Let . . . the wife see that she reverence her husband.
                                                   --Eph. v. 33.
          Those that I reverence those I fear, the wise. --Shak.