reverence

reverence n
1 *honor, homage, deference, obeisance
Analogous words: piety, devotion, fealty, loyalty, *fidelity: esteem, respect, *regard, admiration
2 veneration, worship, adoration (see under REVERE)
Analogous words: fervor, ardor, zeal, *passion: devoutness, piousness, religiousness (see corresponding adjectives at DEVOUT)
3 Reverence, awe, fear are comparable when they denote the emotion inspired by something which arouses one's deep respect or veneration.
Reverence distinctively implies a recognition of the sacredness or inviolability of the person or thing which stimulates the emotion
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a profound reverence for and fidelity to the truth— Mencken

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Richelieu's reverence for the throne was constant— Belloc

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I feel a reverence for this place. Wherever humanity has made that hardest of all starts and lifted itself out of mere brutality, is a sacred spot— Cather

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Awe, in all of its shades of meaning, fundamentally implies a sense of being overwhelmed or overcome by great superiority or impressiveness, typically manifested by an inability to speak in its presence or to come near to it. Otherwise, it may suggest any of such widely different reactions as adoration, profound reverence, wonder, terror, submissiveness, or abashment
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stood in awe of his teachers

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my heart standeth in awe of thy word— Ps 119:161

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make me as the poorest vassal is that doth with awe and terror kneel— Shak.

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he is a great man of the city, without fear, but with the most abject awe of the aristocracy— T. S. Eliot

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Fear (see also FEAR 1) occurs, in the sense here considered, chiefly in religious use
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the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom— Ps 111:10

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In this sense and as referred chiefly to the Supreme Being as its cause, it implies awed recognition of his power and majesty and, usually, reverence for his law
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and calm with fear of God's divinity— Wordsworth

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reverence vb venerate, worship, adore, *revere
Analogous words: love, enjoy (see LIKE): esteem, respect, regard, admire (see under REGARD n)

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  • révérence — [ reverɑ̃s ] n. f. • 1155; lat. reverentia 1 ♦ Littér. Grand respect mêlé de retenue et même de crainte. ⇒ déférence, respect, vénération. De cette expérience « j ai du moins retiré grande révérence pour toute personne qui sait faire quelque… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Reverence — Rev er*ence, n. [F. r[ e]v[ e]rence, L. reverentia. See {Reverent}.] 1. Profound respect and esteem mingled with fear and affection, as for a holy being or place; the disposition to revere; veneration. [1913 Webster] If thou be poor, farewell thy …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • reverence — Reverence. s. f. v. Honneur, respect. Vous luy devez porter honneur & reverence. avoir beaucoup, n avoir guere de reverence pour .... il faut traiter les choses saintes avec reverence. Les Advocats disent en plaidant, Sauf la reverence de la Cour …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

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  • Reverence — 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. [1913 Webster] Let . . . the wife see that she reverence her… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Reverence — may refer to: *Reverence (album), the first album by the band Faithless *Reverence (Emperor album), an EP by the black metal band Emperor *Reverence (sculpture), a sculpture created by Jim Sardonis which depicts two tails of whales diving into a… …   Wikipedia

  • reverence — ► NOUN 1) deep respect. 2) archaic a bow or curtsy. 3) (His/Your Reverence) a title given to a member of the clergy, especially a priest in Ireland. ► VERB ▪ regard or treat with reverence …   English terms dictionary

  • reverence — (n.) late 13c., from O.Fr. reverence, from L. reverentia awe, respect, from revereri to revere, from re , intensive prefix, + vereri stand in awe of, fear, from PIE *wer to be or become aware of (Cf. O.E. wær aware, cautious; see WARY (Cf …   Etymology dictionary

  • reverence — [rev′ə rəns, rev′rəns] n. [OFr < L reverentia < reverens: see REVERENT] 1. a feeling or attitude of deep respect, love, and awe, as for something sacred; veneration 2. a manifestation of this; specif., a bow, curtsy, or similar gesture of… …   English World dictionary

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