What does reverence mean?

Definitions for reverence
ˈrɛv ər əns, ˈrɛv rənsrev·er·ence

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. fear, reverence, awe, venerationnoun

    a feeling of profound respect for someone or something

    "the fear of God"; "the Chinese reverence for the dead"; "the French treat food with gentle reverence"; "his respect for the law bordered on veneration"

  2. reverencenoun

    a reverent mental attitude

  3. reverenceverb

    an act showing respect (especially a bow or curtsy)

  4. reverence, fear, revere, venerateverb

    regard with feelings of respect and reverence; consider hallowed or exalted or be in awe of

    "Fear God as your father"; "We venerate genius"


  1. reverencenoun

    Veneration; profound awe and respect, normally in a sacred context.

  2. reverencenoun

    An act of showing respect, such as a bow.

  3. reverencenoun

    The state of being revered.

  4. reverencenoun

    A form of address for some members of the clergy.

    Your reverence

  5. reverenceverb

    To show reverence.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Reverencenoun

    Etymology: reverence, Fr. reverentia, Lat.

    God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints; and to be had in reverence of all about him. Ps. lxxxix. 7.

    When quarrels and factions are carried openly, it is a sign the reverence of government is lost. Francis Bacon, Essays.

    Higher of the genial bed,
    And with mysterious reverence I deem. John Milton.

    In your prayers, use reverent postures and the lowest gestures of humility, remembering that we speak to God, in our reverence to whom we cannot exceed. Taylor.

    A poet cannot have too great a reverence for readers. Dryd.

    The fear, acceptable to God, is a filial fear; an awful reverence of the divine nature, proceeding from a just esteem of his perfections, which produces in us an inclination to his service, and an unwillingness to offend him. John Rogers.

    Now lies he there,
    And none so poor to do him reverence. William Shakespeare, Jul. Cæs.

    Mordecai bowed not, nor did him reverence. Esth. iii. 2.

    He led her eas’ly forth,
    Where Godfrey sat among his lords and peers,
    She rev’rence did, then blush’d as one dismay’d. Edward Fairfax.

    Had not men the hoary heads rever’d,
    Or boys paid reverence, when a man appear’d,
    Both must have dy’d. John Dryden, Juvenal.

    Upstarts the bedlam,
    And reverence made, accosted thus the queen. Dryden.

    The monarch
    Commands into the court the beauteous Emily:
    So call’d, she came; the senate rose and paid
    Becoming rev’rence to the royal maid. Dryden.

    Many now in health
    Shall drop their blood, in approbation
    Of what your reverence shall incite us to. William Shakespeare, Hen. V.

    O my dear father! let this kiss
    Repair those violent harms, that my two sisters
    Have in thy reverence made. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

  2. To Reverenceverb

    To regard with reverence; to regard with awful respect.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Those that I rev’rence, those I fear, the wise;
    At fools I laugh, not fear them. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.

    While they pervert pure nature’s healthful rules
    To loathsome sickness, worthily since they
    God’s image did not reverence in themselves. John Milton.

    He slew Aetion, but despoil’d him not;
    Nor in his hate the funeral rites forgot;
    Arm’d as he was, he sent him whole below,
    And reverenc’d thus the manes of his foe. Dryden.

    As his goodness will forbid us to dread him as slaves, so his majesty will command us to reverence him as sons. John Rogers.


  1. Reverence

    Reverence is a song by the Scottish alternative rock group The Jesus and Mary Chain and the first single from the group's album Honey's Dead. It was released by Blanco y Negro Records in February 1992 and reached #10 in the UK single charts.


  1. reverence

    Reverence is a deep respect, admiration, or awe felt for someone or something, often influenced by their abilities, qualities, or achievements. It can also refer to a gesture or attitude to indicate such admiration or respect, such as bowing or kneeling. It may involve a sense of sacredness or holiness, particularly in religious contexts.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Reverencenoun

    profound respect and esteem mingled with fear and affection, as for a holy being or place; the disposition to revere; veneration

  2. Reverencenoun

    the act of revering; a token of respect or veneration; an obeisance

  3. Reverencenoun

    that which deserves or exacts manifestations of reverence; reverend character; dignity; state

  4. Reverencenoun

    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

  5. Reverenceverb

    to regard or treat with reverence; to regard with respect and affection mingled with fear; to venerate


  1. Reverence

    Reverence is Faithless' first album, released in April 1996 and then reissued in October. The album contains several singles that have subsequently become Faithless classics, such as "Don't Leave", "Salva Mea", and "Insomnia". The album reached #26 in the UK charts. In 1996 the album was re-released as Reverence / Irreverence containing an extra CD with remixes of the original songs. Closing track "Drifting Away" has become well known for its use in Channel 4 comedy series Trigger Happy TV.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of reverence in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of reverence in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of reverence in a Sentence

  1. Justice William O. Douglas:

    Since when have we Americans been expected to bow submissively to authority and speak with awe and reverence to those who represent us?

  2. George Eliot:

    No soul is desolate as long as there is a human being for whom it can feel trust and reverence.

  3. Diego Bernal:

    After years and years of that we decided we can do better, and give this place the kind of reverence which is its due.

  4. Percy Bysshe Shelley:

    Commerce has set the mark of selfishness, the signet of its all-enslaving power, upon a shining ore, and called it gold: before whose image bow the vulgar great, the vainly rich, the miserable proud, the mob of peasants, nobles, priests, and kings, and with blind feelings reverence the power that grinds them to the dust of misery.

  5. Bobbi Miller:

    When you walk away from a true crime story, it should be with a certain amount of reverence for the victim.

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