Definition of


  1. (noun, feeling) a feeling of profound respect for someone or something
    the Chinese reverence for the dead
    the French treat food with gentle reverence
    his respect for the law bordered on veneration
  2. (noun, cognition) a reverent mental attitude
  3. (noun, act) an act showing respect (especially a bow or curtsy)
  4. (verb, emotion) regard with feelings of respect and reverence; consider hallowed or exalted or be in awe of
    We venerate genius

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Synonyms of Reverence

awe, fear, revere, venerate, veneration

Antonyms of Reverence


Origin of the word Reverence

  1. late 13c., from O.Fr. reverence, from L. reverentia "awe, respect," from revereri "to revere," from re-, intensive prefix, + vereri "stand in awe of, fear," from PIE *wer- "to be or become aware of" (cf. O.E. w?r "aware, cautious;" see wary). The verb is first attested c.1300. more

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Words that sound like Reverence

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