rev·er·ence /ˈrɛvrən(t)s, ˈrɛvə; ˈrɛvɚ/
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. --Coleridge.
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 obeisance.
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.
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.
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.
n 1: a profound emotion inspired by a deity; "the fear of God"
[syn: fear, awe, veneration]
2: a reverent mental attitude [ant: irreverence]
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" [syn: fear, revere, venerate]