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Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin reverentia, from reverent-, reverens respectful, reverent

  • Date: 14th century
  • 1 : honor or respect felt or shown : deference; especially : profound adoring awed respect
  • 2 : a gesture of respect (as a bow)
  • 3 : the state of being revered
  • 4 : one held in reverence —used as a title for a clergyman

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honor,, homage, reverence, deference mean respect and esteem shown to another. honor may apply to the recognition of one's right to great respect or to any expression of such recognition <the nomination is an honor>. homage adds the implication of accompanying praise <paying homage to Shakespeare>. reverence implies profound respect mingled with love, devotion, or awe <great reverence for my father>. deference implies a yielding or submitting to another's judgment or preference out of respect or reverence