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.

Definitions of revere
  1. verb
    regard with feelings of respect and reverence; consider hallowed or exalted or be in awe of
    synonyms: fear, reverence, venerate
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    types:
    enshrine, saint
    hold sacred
    worship
    show devotion to (a deity)
    type of:
    esteem, prise, prize, respect, value
    regard highly; think much of
  2. verb
    love unquestioningly and uncritically or to excess; venerate as an idol
    synonyms: hero-worship, idolise, idolize, worship
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    types:
    drool over, slobber over
    envy without restraint
    type of:
    adore
    love intensely
  3. noun
    a lapel on a woman's garment; turned back to show the reverse side
    synonyms: revers
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    type of:
    lapel
    lap at the front of a coat; continuation of the coat collar
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