Reverence is a feeling of deep respect or awe — like what you have for a president, a hero, or a favorite football player.

Reverence can be a feeling of awe, and it can also describe how you treat someone, particularly when used with the word with. To treat someone "with reverence" is to show them intense respect. Your friends may respect you for your loyalty, though they probably do not bow to you with reverence every day.

Definitions of reverence

n a feeling of profound respect for someone or something

“the Chinese reverence for the dead”
“the French treat food with gentle reverence
awe, fear, veneration
Type of:
any strong feeling

n a reverent mental attitude

an irreverent mental attitude
Type of:
attitude, mental attitude
a complex mental state involving beliefs and feelings and values and dispositions to act in certain ways

n an act showing respect (especially a bow or curtsy)

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bow, bowing, obeisance
bending the head or body or knee as a sign of reverence or submission or shame or greeting
curtsey, curtsy
bending the knees; a gesture of respect made by women
genuflection, genuflexion
the act of bending the knees in worship or reverence
kotow, kowtow
a former Chinese custom of touching the ground with the forehead as a sign of respect or submission
scrape, scraping
a deep bow with the foot drawn backwards (indicating excessive humility)
a deep bow; a Muslim form of salutation
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something done (usually as opposed to something said)

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

fear, revere, venerate
enshrine, saint
hold sacred
show devotion to (a deity)
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esteem, prise, prize, respect, value
regard highly; think much of

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