Definition of reverence noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈrevərəns//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈrevərəns//
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[uncountable] reverence (for somebody/something) (formal) a feeling of great respect or admiration for somebody/something The poem conveys his deep reverence for nature. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French, from Latin reverentia, from revereri ‘stand in awe of’, from re- (expressing intensive force) + vereri ‘to fear’.Extra examples Children are taught to show reverence towards/​toward their elders. He is still held in great reverence throughout the country. I closed my eyes in reverence. She spoke of them with profound reverence. a painting that inspires deep reverence for nature reverence for human life
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