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Many fans revere Michael Jordan as one of the greatest basketball players of all time.
  regard with feelings of deep respect and admiration — sometimes with a mixture of wonder and awe or fear
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Standard prefix:  Note that the prefix "ir" (meaning not) can reverse the meanings of some forms of this basic word. For example the meaning of reverent (respectful) is reversed with irreverent (not respectful).
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  • Many fans revere Michael Jordan as one of the greatest basketball players of all time.
  • Richard Nixon did much to erode reverence for the presidency.
  • Pat Tillman is revered for giving up a $3 million football contract to join the military after 9/11.
  • We can’t let reverence for the past keep us from planning for the future. Indeed, we dishonor those who preceded us if we rest on their legacy.

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  • [boys who] have no more reverence for what is beautiful and holy, nor pity for what is sad, ... than if Satan were the father of them all!
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • The Japanese revere the business card as a tangible part of the giver’s identity.
  • Let reverence for the laws ... become the political religion of the nation...
    Abraham Lincoln  --  Lyceum Address
  • ...I loved him with a mixture of affection and reverence...
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • Passion has helped us; but can do so no more. It will in future be our enemy. Reason, cold, calculating, unimpassioned reason, must furnish all the materials for our future support and defense.—Let those materials be molded into general intelligence, sound morality, and in particular, a reverence for the constitution and laws...
    Abraham Lincoln  --  Lyceum Address
  • She is reverent in her faith.

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  • He reveres human life.
  • He reveres nature and all that is natural.
  • The students revere their football team.
  • Hume argued that if children were taught religious reverence and intellectual humility, they would not fall victim to the philosophical arrogance that leads many to abandon religion.
  • He reveres democracy, but abhors politics.
  • Everything seemed, to my imagination, to be hushed in reverence for him, as he resumed his solitary journey through the snow.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • How much reverence has a noble man for his enemies!—-and such reverence is a bridge to love.
    Freidrich Nietzsche  --  On the Genealogy of Morals
  • How do they resolve the seeming paradox that so many conservatives revere the past yet are also progressives...
    David Gelernter  --  "The Inventor of Modern Conservatism", The Weekly Standard, 2/7/05
  • Most Chinese revered Mao.
  • Henry and his fellow usher walked up the center aisle and stood reverently in front of the altar.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • Yamacraw’s lone deacon, a bespectacled man named William Brown, bowed his head reverently to begin the ceremony.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • They revere those old soldiers.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • As I grew older, I discovered that this reverence for life was not shared by all of humanity.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe II
  • The women eyed her with a reverent, almost awestruck, expression.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • I have to be reverent when I mention his name.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • "May I join your circle?" Edwin asked reverently.
    Ben Mikaeslen  --  Touching Spirit Bear
  • Jem’s voice was reverent.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • "Harry Potter is humble and modest," said Dobby reverently,
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • What would Peeta think of the irreverent banter that passes between us as we break the law each day?
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • Everything her father did inspired her with reverence
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • I said I had to confess I didn’t have the proper reverence for the Burger Derby institution,
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Bean Trees
  • He drew me into his office, remarking in a reverent voice that it was a sad time for all of us, and offered me a cigar.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • Age was respected among his people, but achievement was revered.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • ...she speaks of him with such reverence in her voice.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • Ralph felt a kind of affectionate reverence for the conch, even though he had fished the thing out of the lagoon himself.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • When I’d been claimed by Poseidon last summer, everyone had reverently knelt.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Sea of Monsters
  • ...when all the world loves and reveres you.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • spoke eloquently, with reverence
    James McBride  --  The Color of Water
  • The silver hair and benevolent countenance of the aged cottager won my reverence,
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • After the hoisting of the flag, the animals were required to file past the skull in a reverent manner before entering the barn.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • He stood now gazing with great reverence at the famous detective.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • which he did with the greatest reverence and submission.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • I could not have forgotten my revered father’s intentions.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • My hands naturally come together in reverent worship.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • The former (slaveholder though he was) seemed to possess some regard for honor, some reverence for justice, and some respect for humanity.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • in the due reverence of a sacred vow
    William Shakespeare  --  Othello, the Moor of Venice
  • And sometimes in the evenings I would see her holding them, almost reverently, as if they offered the secret of life itself.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Notebook
  • His function is to act as a focusing point for love, fear, and reverence, emotions which are more easily felt towards an individual than towards an organization.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • do them reverence
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merchant of Venice
  • He will be taught reverence for his own spirit.
    Ayn Rand  --  Anthem
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