• WordNet 3.6
    • v reverence regard with feelings of respect and reverence; consider hallowed or exalted or be in awe of "Fear God as your father","We venerate genius"
    • n reverence an act showing respect (especially a bow or curtsy)
    • n reverence a reverent mental attitude
    • n reverence a feeling of profound respect for someone or something "the fear of God","the Chinese reverence for the dead","the French treat food with gentle reverence","his respect for the law bordered on veneration"
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Paul Revere's Ride Paul Revere's Ride

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: When you give someone roses, the color can have a meaning. The meaning of rose colors: Red = Love and respect, Deep pink = Gratitude, appreciation, Light pink = Admiration, sympathy White = Reverence, humility, Yellow = Joy, gladness,Orange = Enthusiasm, desire, Red & yellow blend = Gaiety, joviality,Pale blended tones = Sociability, friendship
    • Reverence A person entitled to be revered; -- a title applied to priests or other ministers with the pronouns his or your; sometimes poetically to a father.
    • Reverence Profound respect and esteem mingled with fear and affection, as for a holy being or place; the disposition to revere; veneration. "If thou be poor, farewell thy reverence .""Reverence , which is the synthesis of love and fear.""When discords, and quarrels, and factions, are carried openly and audaciously, it is a sign the reverence of government islost."
    • Reverence That which deserves or exacts manifestations of reverence; reverend character; dignity; state. "I am forced to lay my reverence by."
    • Reverence The act of revering; a token of respect or veneration; an obeisance. "Make twenty reverences upon receiving . . . about twopence.""And each of them doeth all his diligence
      To do unto the feast reverence ."
    • v. t Reverence To regard or treat with reverence; to regard with respect and affection mingled with fear; to venerate. "Let . . . the wife see that she reverence her husband.""Those that I reverence those I fear, the wise."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n reverence A feeling of mingled awe, respect, and admiration; veneration; esteem heightened by awe, as of a superior; reverent regard; especially, such a feeling toward deity.
    • n reverence The outward manifestation of reverent feeling; respect, esteem, or honor, as shown by conduct. See to do reverence, below.
    • n reverence An act or token of reverence. Specifically— A bow; a courtesy; an obeisance.
    • n reverence The use of a phrase indicating respect. See save your reverence, below.
    • n reverence Reverend character; worthiness of respect and esteem.
    • n reverence Hence With a possessive personal pronoun, a title of respect, applied particularly to a clergyman.
    • n reverence Precedence; preëminence.
    • n reverence =Syn, 1. Awe, Veneration, Reverence. Reverence is nearly equivalent to veneration, but expresses something less of the same emotion. It differs from awe in that it is not akin to the feeling of fear, dread, or terror, while also implying a certain amount of love or affection. We feel reverence for a parent and for an upright magistrate, but we stand in awe of a tyrant.
    • reverence To regard with reverence; look upon with awe and esteem; respect deeply; venerate.
    • reverence To do reverence to: treat with respect; pay respect to; specifically, to salute with a reverence, bow, or obeisance.
    • reverence Synonyms Worship, Revere, etc. See adore.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Reverence fear arising from high respect: respectful awe: veneration: honour: an act of revering or obeisance: a bow or courtesy: a title of the clergy
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  • Thomas B. Aldrich
    Thomas B. Aldrich
    “To keep the heart unwrinkled, to be hopeful, kindly, cheerful, reverent that is to triumph over old age.”
  • Voltaire
    “It is hard to free fools from the chains they revere.”
  • John Ruskin
    “An unimaginative person can neither be reverent or kind.”
  • Lao-Tzu
    “The wicked leader is he who the people despise. The good leader is he who the people revere. The great leader is he who the people say, We did it ourselves.”
  • Sextus Propertius
    Sextus Propertius
    “Every man now worships gold, all other reverence being done away.”
  • Lord Alfred Tennyson
    “Self-reverence, self-knowledge, self-control; these three alone lead one to sovereign power.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. révérence, L. reverentia,. See Reverent
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. reverer (Fr. révérer)—L. reverērire-, inten., verēri, to feel awe.


In literature:

There is a convict in town, your Reverence!
"Modern Prose And Poetry; For Secondary Schools" by Various
Emily admired and revered it so, and evidently never dreamed of doubting its omnipotence.
"Emily Fox-Seton" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
False religion; reverence of beings not proper objects of reverence; false worship.
"Health and Education" by Charles Kingsley
She felt, reverently, that it was, above all, God's hour.
"The Helpmate" by May Sinclair
O, with what holy awe and reverence would this inspire us!
"A Practical Directory for Young Christian Females" by Harvey Newcomb
He took off his hat reverently and sat down.
"A Dozen Ways Of Love" by Lily Dougall
I've heard you spoken of as a lad of spirit by Dr. Warren, aye, and by Paul Revere.
"Patriotic Plays and Pageants for Young People" by Constance D'Arcy Mackay
We reverence, and rightly, the majesty of God.
"Westminster Sermons with a Preface" by Charles Kingsley
But the old Chart men kept in ever-increasing reverence.
"The Story of the Innumerable Company, and Other Sketches" by David Starr Jordan
Welbeck had ceased to be dreaded or revered.
"Arthur Mervyn" by Charles Brockden Brown
He had the greatest reverence for the Scriptures.
"Modern Skepticism: A Journey Through the Land of Doubt and Back Again" by Joseph Barker
I revere truth, goodness, and heroism, though I cannot revere what I regard as false or absurd.
"Flowers of Freethought" by George W. Foote
The Buddha, to us, seems more to be revered and beloved than any one else, by every human being who knows sorrow.
"The Buddhist Catechism" by Henry S. Olcott
The girl, supported by the arm of the priest, gazed at it through dimming eyes in reverent awe.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
What was it about the place that inspired such reverence?
"The Samurai Strategy" by Thomas Hoover
I reverence my landlord, and straighten his boundary walls when he, isn't looking.
"Furze the Cruel" by John Trevena
And why should not life glide quietly away in the soft reciprocation of protection and reverence?
"Shorter Novels, Eighteenth Century" by Samuel Johnson
Her favourite place is the chapel, as your reverence knows.
"The Pagan's Cup" by Fergus Hume
Upon this your reverence may rely.
"Saint Michael" by E. Werner
No, I like her very much, your reverence.
"Danira" by E. Werner

In poetry:

The Church of God is one:
The Bible we revere;
By it all saving truth is known,
And God to man brought near.
"The Church Of God Is One" by Daniel Webster Moody
A noble heart is sleeping here,
Beneath this lowly mound;
With reverence let us draw near,
For this is holy ground.
"In Memoriam: Rensellaer Biddle" by David John Scott
From lonely lands across the wave
Is sent to-night by me
This rose of reverence for the grave
Beside the mountain lea.
"Robert Parkes" by Henry Kendall
I love my mother, I revere
My sire, but fear not me—
Believe that Death alone can tear
This faithful heart from thee.
"Stanzas" by Anne Bronte
I first promise that in this home,
Jehovah's loved and feared—
His law so holy, just and good,
Is constantly revered.
"How To Make Home Happy" by Lizzie E Palmer
"Leave we in bliss this heavenly saint,
Revere, ye just, her urn;
Her virtues high and excellent,
Astrea gone we mourn.
"The Viceroy. A Ballad." by Matthew Prior

In news:

Revere's greatest leader, longest serving elected official in the state, dead at 83.
Revere missed out on informing its citizens and water users of the crisis being faced when that pipe broke in Weston and all Massachusetts Water Resources members were forced to boil water to drink or to use.
Frank J Farina Jr / Revered band director at North Allegheny.
Revered 10-ounce beer can slims down.
Revere club Rugby falls short in city championships.
Isn't it about time that some people around here begin to accept the fact that this isn't the Revere of 1965.
The revered 87-year-old cookbook author is one of the most interactive Facebook celebrities I've ever encountered.
The midnight ride of Paul Revere .
Canning says he finds reverence in restoration.
Saxophonists Who Show A Reverence For the Past.
Though they might not like being compared, Branford Marsalis and Scott Hamilton, two young and talented tenor saxophonists playing in town this weekend, are similar in their reverence for the past.
You might call this a requiem for reverence .
All winter, a sneaky and delightful neighbor with a snow blower has been clearing all of the sidewalks of Revere Street.
SPIN has made no secret of its reverence for a certain iconic film currently celebrating its 25th anniversary.
Believers say natural burial shows reverence for the land as well as the departed.

In science:

Finally, we recognize and acknowledge the cultural role and reverence that the summit of Mauna Kea has within the indigenous Hawaiian community.
A Hubble Space Telescope Lensing Survey of X-ray Luminous Galaxy Clusters: IV. Mass, Structure and Thermodynamics of Cluster Cores at z=0.2
The authors wish to recognize and acknowledge the very significant cultural role and reverence that the summit of Mauna Kea has always had within the indigenous Hawaiian community.
Dynamical Masses for Low-Mass Pre-Main Sequence Stars: A Preliminary Physical Orbit for HD 98800 B
Speci fically, we follow the approach of [7, 10, 11] and revers e the trend to show that these finite dimensional results have a lot to offer in the original setting of , and in particular as tools for a numerical study of singularly perturbed (integro) differential operators.
On Temple--Kato like inequalities and applications
The authors wish to recognize and acknowledge the very signi ficant cultural role and reverence that the summit of Ma una Kea has always had within the indigenous Hawaiian community; we are most fortunate to have the opportunity to conduct observations from this mountain.
Wide-field mid-infrared and millimetre imaging of the high-redshift radio galaxy, 4C41.17
The authors wish to recognize the cultural role and reverence that the summit of Mauna Kea has always had within the indigenous Hawaiian community.
The spin-orbit angle of the transiting hot jupiter CoRoT-1b
Indeed it is gratifying to see that the revered physics journal Reviews of Modern Physics has published already their first review on Econophysics, namely on “Statistical mechanics of money, wealth, and income” by physicist Victor Yakovenko and economist J.
Fifteen Years of Econophysics Research
Its success, clearly exemplified by the magnitude of the operating system GNU/Linux, came as a surprise to even the most optimistic programmers, who thought that big applications would always need a reverent cathedralbuilding approach.
Automatic Deduction in Dynamic Geometry using Sage
The authors also wish to recognize and acknowledge the very significant cultural role and reverence that the summit of Mauna Kea has always had within the indigenous Hawaiian community.
Rotational Velocities of Individual Components in Very Low Mass Binaries
Therefore vintage instruments are so revered by players and collectors.
Music in Terms of Science
Mirror symmetry must always be combined with τ because any cell through which the mirror passes must be its own image in the symmetry but the re flection alone, revers ing warp and weft, would reverse its conventional colour.
Isonemal prefabrics with only parallel axes of symmetry
Figure 3b, an axis of side-rever sing glide-re flection as shown in Figure 3c.
Isonemal prefabrics with only parallel axes of symmetry
In general, the ideas described above are in accord with the aim to find a rever sal of non-linear sigma model constructions.
Decoding the geometry of conformal field theories
Lorentz and Poincaré so they could be maintained, but it would have been extremely unwise to suggest at the time that Maxwell’s theory of electromagnetism was in error - the theory had become so revered.
Some Comments on the Tests of General Relativity
F (x) = δ(J [x, f, A] − J ), where P (J ) is the probability distribution for the quantity J achieved from the jump process (2) and PTR (J ) is the corresponding distribution from the time-revered system (14).
A generalized integral fluctuation theorem for general jump processes
However, the uncertainty increases for excited states with higher energies, especially the odd parity states. A small subset of the total number of corresponding 138,121 transitions among the LS terms, and 712,120 fine structure transitions, was reprocessed whe rever observed energies are available.
Atomic data from the Iron Project.LVIII. New radiative transition probabilities for Fe IV including fine structure