Reverence

Definition of Reverence

Rev´er`ence
n.1.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.
- Chaucer.
Reverence, which is the synthesis of love and fear.
- Coleridge.
When discords, and quarrels, and factions, are carried openly and audaciously, it is a sign the reverence of government islost.
- Bacon.
2.The act of revering; a token of respect or veneration; an obeisance.
Make twenty reverences upon receiving . . . about twopence.
- Goldsmith.
And each of them doeth all his diligence
To do unto the feast reverence.
- Chaucer.
3.That which deserves or exacts manifestations of reverence; reverend character; dignity; state.
I am forced to lay my reverence by.
- Shak.
4.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.
Save your reverence
an apologetical phrase for an unseemly expression made in the presence of a priest or clergyman.
Sir reverence
a contracted form of Save your reverence.
Such a one as a man may not speak of, without he say. "Sir reverence."
- Shak.
Now lies he there,
And none so poor to do him reverence.
- Shak.
v. t.1.To regard or treat with reverence; to regard with respect and affection mingled with fear; to venerate.
[imp. & p. p. Reverenced ; p. pr. & vb. n. Reverencing .]
Let . . . the wife see that she reverence her husband.
- Eph. v. 33.
Those that I reverence those I fear, the wise.
- Shak.

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