revere

Revere means to respect someone so deeply that you almost worship them. Many Americans revere civil rights activists like Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rosa Parks, who worked to make the country a more just place.

Revere is related to the words reverence ("to hold something in worshipful awe") and its opposite — irreverent. Reverence for the irreverent is actually possible. Howard Stern humor is often vulgar and absurdly irreverent yet his legions of fans and even some media analysts revere him and his ability to maintain a loyal audience. Revere is the perfect word when respect is not strong enough but worship seems a little too religious-sounding. Rock stars, for example, are revered by throngs of devoted fans.

Primary Meanings of revere

1.
v
regard with feelings of respect and reverence; consider hallowed or exalted or be in awe of
2.
n
a lapel on a woman's garment; turned back to show the reverse side
Full Definitions of revere
1

v regard with feelings of respect and reverence; consider hallowed or exalted or be in awe of

Synonyms:
fear, reverence, venerate
Types:
enshrine, saint
hold sacred
worship
show devotion to (a deity)
Type of:
esteem, prise, prize, respect, value
regard highly; think much of

v love unquestioningly and uncritically or to excess; venerate as an idol

Synonyms:
hero-worship, idolise, idolize, worship
Types:
drool over, slobber over
envy without restraint
Type of:
adore
love intensely
2

n a lapel on a woman's garment; turned back to show the reverse side

Synonyms:
revers
Type of:
lapel
lap at the front of a coat; continuation of the coat collar

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