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Definition regard with feelings of deep respect and admiration — sometimes with a mixture of wonder and awe or fear

  • Your reverence is a title that can be used to address royalty or clergy.
  • Irreverent is the opposite of reverent and in addition to meaning "without respect" can sometimes imply a comic attitude.
  • Many fans revere Michael Jordan as one of the greatest basketball players of all time.
revere = deeply respect and admire
  • She reveres nature and all that is natural.
  • reveres = deeply respects and admires
  • The Japanese revere the business card as a tangible part of the giver's identity.
  • revere = deeply respect and admire
  • Under Richard Nixon, there was a loss of reverence for the position of the president.
  • reverence = respect and admiration
  • She reveres human life.
  • reveres = deeply respects and admires
  • She reveres democracy, but abhors politics.
  • reveres = deeply respects and admires
  • 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.
  • reverence = respect and admiration
  • Most Chinese revered Mao.
  • revered = deeply respected and admired
  • Pat Tillman is revered for giving up a $3 million football contract to join the military after 9/11.
  • revered = deeply respected and admired
  • 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.
  • reverence = respect and admiration
  • [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
  • Let reverence for the laws ... become the political religion of the nation...
    Abraham Lincoln  --  Lyceum Address
  • 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
  • ...I loved him with a mixture of affection and reverence...
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • 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
  • 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 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
  • They revere those old soldiers.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • revere = respect (with admiration)
  • 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
  • reverence = deep respect
  • The women eyed her with a reverent, almost awestruck, expression.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
reverent = deeply respectful and admiring

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