• Veneration; profound awe and respect, normally in a sacred context.
  • An act of showing respect, such as a bow.
  • The state of being revered.
  • A form of address for some members of the clergy.
  • That which deserves or exacts manifestations of reverence; reverend character; dignity; state.


  • To show or feel reverence to.


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  • From Middle English reverence and reverencen, from Old French reverence and Latin reverentia, from Latin revereor ("I stand in awe, respect, revere"), from re- + la, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *wer- ("to cover, heed, notice").

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