reverend

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj reverend worthy of adoration or reverence
    • n Reverend a title of respect for a clergyman
    • n reverend a member of the clergy and a spiritual leader of the Christian Church
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The rickshaw was invented by the Reverend Jonathan Scobie, an American Baptist minister living in Yokohama, Japan, built the first model in 1869 in order to transport his invalid wife. Today it remains a common mode of transportation in the Orient.
    • a Reverend Worthy of reverence; entitled to respect mingled with fear and affection; venerable.☞ This word is commonly given as a title of respect to ecclesiastics. A clergyman is styled the reverend; a dean, the very reverend; a bishop, the right reverend; an archbishop, the most reverend. "A reverend sire among them came.""They must give good example and reverend deportment in the face of their children."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • reverend Worthy to be revered; worthy of reverence; entitled to veneration, esteem, or respect, by reason of one's character or sacred office, as a minister of religion; especially, deserving of respect or consideration on account of age; venerable.
    • reverend Specifically, a title of respect given to clergymen or ecclesiastics: as, Reverend (or the Reverend) John Smith. In the Anglican Church deans are styled very reverend, bishops right reverend, and archbishops (also the Bishop of Meath) most reverend. In the Roman Catholic Church the members of the religious orders are also styled reverend, the superiors being styled reverend fathers or reverend mothers, as the case may be. In Scotland the principals of the universities, if clergymen, and the moderator of the General Assembly for the time being, are styled very reverend. Abbreviated Rev. (also, the Rev.) when used with the name of an individual.
    • reverend Of or pertaining to ecclesiastics, or to the clerical office or profession.
    • reverend Reverent.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Reverend worthy of reverence: a title of the clergy (see Rev.):
    • adjs Reverend (B.) awful: venerable
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. révérend, L. reverendus, fr. revereri,. See Revere
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. reverer (Fr. révérer)—L. reverērire-, inten., verēri, to feel awe.

Usage

In literature:

The Reverend Kerr was pastor, the father of E. M. Kerr, afterwards noted in the minstrel profession as E. M. Kayne.
"Watch Yourself Go By" by Al. G. Field
The Reverend Master Lawson, a visiting elder, was the officiating minister on the Sunday to which we have referred.
"Dulcibel" by Henry Peterson
The reverend Father just hears my sins and lets me go; he knows well enough that Bateese does not count.
"Fort Amity" by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
The Reverend Friar Tucker has been appointed to the living lately held by the Reverend Simon Cellarer.
"Boycotted" by Talbot Baines Reed
While young he was baptized by the Reverend Jonathan Huntington.
"The Journal of Negro History, Volume 4, 1919" by Various
Not that the reverend gentleman understood that, however.
"A Voice in the Wilderness" by Grace Livingston Hill
This right reverend gentleman was not of the quiet and reasonable type of Mr Justice Roberts.
"All's Well" by Emily Sarah Holt
The Reverend John H Ruttan was appointed to Norway House, the Reverend Orrin German to Oxford House, and I was put down for Beren's River.
"By Canoe and Dog-Train" by Egerton Ryerson Young
For terms apply to the Reverend Septimus Mastrum, Firlands, Longspruce Station.
"Quicksilver" by George Manville Fenn
The Reverend Barnabas Pennefather disappeared into the tent which was still standing.
"Priscilla's Spies" by George A. Birmingham
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In poetry:

Whence comest thou, Gehazi,
So reverend to behold,
In scarlet and in ermines
And chain of England's gold?"
"Gehazi" by Rudyard Kipling
His Son, the great Redeemer, came
To seal his cov'nant sure;
Holy and reverend is his name,
His ways are just and pure.
"Psalm 111 part 2" by Isaac Watts
The vigour of a green old age
His reverend form did bear;
And yet, alas! the warrior-sage
Had drain'd the dregs of care.
"Sir Eldred Of The Bower : A Legendary Tale: In Two Parts" by Hannah More
What is he buzzing in my ears?
"Now that I come to die,
Do I view the world as a vale of tears?"
Ah, reverend sir, not I!
"Confessions" by Robert Browning
"O reverend sir, my Andrew's soul
The Wenham witch has caught;
She holds him with the curled gold
Whereof her snare is wrought.
"The Witch of Wenham" by John Greenleaf Whittier
The serfs could scarce avert their eye
From his manly form and mien,
As, with closed lids, all reverendly,
He lay in peace, serene.
"The Daughter Of Plantagenet - Fytte The Seconde" by Thomas Cooper

In news:

Reverend Sally Hitchiner stands outside Church House during a lunch break on November 20, 2012 in London, England.
Tom Hollander plays The Reverend Adam Smallbone in Rev.
Reverend Jesse Jackson, Cochran Firm Hold Memphis Press Conference to Address Concerns Regarding the Chavis Carter Investigation.
The Reverend John Ryberg performed the ceremony.
The Reverend Larry Rice is expected to announce a federal lawsuit against the City of St Louis Friday.
The Reverend Doctor Lynn Stall officiated the ceremony.
Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band is scheduled to perform Wednesday, November 14, at Crescent Ballroom.
Outdoor Indiana magazine features Shades State Park, namesake of Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band.
The September-October issue also includes an article on the namesake of The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band, which earlier this month released "Between the Ditches," its latest album.
Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band - "Between The Ditches".
Reverend Douglas Dean Maggard was born September 13, 1928 in Octavia, to Ballard Estes and Evadne (Wilson) Maggard.
The ceremony was performed by John Hossenlopp, a reverend in the Universal Life Church, a former commodore of Devon , and a family friend.
Steven Nelson has been sentenced to death for the murder of Reverend Clint Dobson .
At the risk of upsetting the racially-impaired folks around here, I think that Romney's position was best summed up by the Reverend Al Sharpton who said "Romney presented an eloquent testimony, but he would be indicted for perjury".
Reverend Al Sharpton Agrees Not to Attend Panel on Crown Heights Riots.
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In science:

Letters from Sir Isaac Newton to the Reverend Dr.
On the dynamics of a self-gravitating medium with random and non-random initial conditions
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