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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]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. Veneration; profound awe and respect, normally in a sacred context.
  2. An act of showing respect, such as a bow.
  3. The state of being revered.
  4. A form of address for some members of the clergy.
    Your reverence

Derived terms



  1. To show reverence.

Extensive Definition

Reverence may refer to:
  • Reverence (album), the first album by the band Faithless
  • Reverence (sculpture), a sculpture created by Jim Sardonis which depicts two tails of whales "diving" into a sea of grass
  • The controversial first track on The Jesus and Mary Chain's 1992 album Honey's Dead

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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