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Meaning of reverence

rev•er•ence

Pronunciation: (rev'ur-uns, rev'runs), [key]
— n., v., -enced, -enc•ing.
—n.
  1. a feeling or attitude of deep respect tinged with awe; veneration.
  2. the outward manifestation of this feeling: to pay reverence.
  3. a gesture indicative of deep respect; an obeisance, bow, or curtsy.
  4. the state of being revered.
  5. (cap.) a title used in addressing or mentioning a member of the clergy (usually prec. by your or his).
—v.t.
  1. to regard or treat with reverence; venerate: One should reverence God and His laws.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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