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
  1. noun
    a feeling of profound respect for someone or something
    “the Chinese reverence for the dead”
    “the French treat food with gentle reverence
    synonyms: awe, fear, veneration
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    any strong feeling
  2. noun
    a reverent mental attitude
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    an irreverent mental attitude
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    attitude, mental attitude
    a complex mental state involving beliefs and feelings and values and dispositions to act in certain ways
  3. noun
    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)
  4. verb
    regard with feelings of respect and reverence; consider hallowed or exalted or be in awe of
    synonyms: fear, revere, venerate
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    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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