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Definition of REVERENCE

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Reverence \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. [1913 Webster]

              If thou be poor, farewell thy reverence. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

              Reverence, which is the synthesis of love and fear.
                                                    --Coleridge. [1913 Webster]

              When discords, and quarrels, and factions, are carried openly and audaciously, it is a sign the reverence of government islost.       --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

     Note: Formerly, as in Chaucer, reverence denoted "respect"
           "honor", without awe or fear.
           [1913 Webster]

     2. The act of revering; a token of respect or veneration; an obeisance. [1913 Webster]

              Make twenty reverences upon receiving . . . about twopence.                             --Goldsmith. [1913 Webster]

              And each of them doeth all his diligence To do unto the feast reverence.       --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

     3. That which deserves or exacts manifestations of reverence; reverend character; dignity; state. [1913 Webster]

              I am forced to lay my reverence by.   --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     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. [1913 Webster]

     {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}. [1913 Webster]

              Such a one as a man may not speak of, without he say. "Sir reverence."                 --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     {To do reverence}, to show reverence or honor; to perform an act of reverence. [1913 Webster]

              Now lies he there,
              And none so poor to do him reverence. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     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. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Reverence \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. [1913 Webster]

           Let . . . the wife see that she reverence her husband.
                                                    --Eph. v. 33. [1913 Webster]

           Those that I reverence those I fear, the wise. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

118 Moby Thesaurus words for "reverence": accord respect to, admiration, admire, adoration, adore, adulation, apotheosis, apotheosize, appreciate, appreciation, approbation, approval, awe, beatification, bend, bending the knee, bob, bow, bowing and scraping, breathless adoration, churchgoing, co-worship, conformity, consideration, courtesy, crouch, cult, cultism, cultus, curtsy, defer to, deference, deification, deify, devotedness, devotion, devoutness, dipping the colors, do homage to, do service, duck, dulia, dutifulness, duty, entertain respect for, esteem, estimation, exaggerated respect, exalt, faith, faithfulness, favor, fealty, fear, genuflection, glorification, great respect, hero worship, hero-worship, high regard, hold in esteem, hold in reverence, homage, honor, hyperdulia, idolatry, idolization, idolize, inclination, kneeling, kowtow, latria, look up to, love of God, loyalty, making a leg, nod, obeisance, obsequiousness, observance, pay homage to, pietism, piety, piousness, presenting arms, prestige, prize, prostration, regard, religion, religionism, religiousness, respect, revere, reverential regard, salaam, salutation, salute, sanctification, scrape, servility, squat, standing at attention, stoop, submission, submissiveness, supination, theism, think highly of, think much of, think well of, transcendent wonder, value, venerate, veneration, worship, worshipfulness, worshiping

Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thesaurus]

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