When you have great awe and respect for someone or something, and you show it by respectfully worshiping that person, thing, deity, or musical group, you are being reverent.

Originally, the word reverent was used only in religious contexts, but now it works when people are just acting like they’re in a religious setting (even if the object of their worship is a sports star or political pundit). People are occasionally reverent in regard to antique cars, supermodels, spelling bee champions and giant TV screens. Reverent is related to the verb revere, which is also about having or showing respect for someone or something.

Definitions of reverent

adj feeling or showing profound respect or veneration

“maintained a reverent silence”
full of or exhibiting respect
adoring, worshipful
showing adoration
awed, awful
inspired by a feeling of fearful wonderment or reverence
respectful, reverential, venerating
feeling or manifesting veneration
showing lack of due respect or veneration
exhibiting lack of respect; rude and discourteous
blasphemous, profane, sacrilegious
grossly irreverent toward what is held to be sacred
aweless, awless, disrespectful
neither feeling nor showing respect
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adj showing great reverence for god

godly, worshipful
having or showing or expressing reverence for a deity

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