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reverence


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Reverence  \Rev"er*ence\,  n.  [F.  r['e]v['e]rence,  L.  reverentia. 
  See  {Reverent}.] 
  1.  Profound  respect  and  esteem  mingled  with  fear  and 
  affection,  as  for  a  holy  being  or  place  the  disposition 
  to  revere;  veneration. 
 
  If  thou  be  poor,  farewell  thy  reverence.  --Chaucer. 
 
  Reverence,  which  is  the  synthesis  of  love  and  fear. 
  --Coleridge. 
 
  When  discords,  and  quarrels,  and  factions,  are 
  carried  openly  and  audaciously,  it  is  a  sign  the 
  reverence  of  government  islost  --Bacon. 
 
  Note:  Formerly,  as  in  Chaucer,  reverence  denoted  ``respect'' 
  ``honor'',  without  awe  or  fear. 
 
  2.  The  act  of  revering;  a  token  of  respect  or  veneration;  an 
  obeisance. 
 
  Make  twenty  reverences  upon  receiving  .  .  .  about 
  twopence.  --Goldsmith. 
 
  And  each  of  them  doeth  all  his  diligence  To  do  unto 
  the  feast  reverence.  --Chaucer. 
 
  3.  That  which  deserves  or  exacts  manifestations  of  reverence; 
  reverend  character;  dignity;  state. 
 
  I  am  forced  to  lay  my  reverence  by  --Shak. 
 
  4.  A  person  entitled  to  be  revered;  --  a  title  applied  to 
  priests  or  other  ministers  with  the  pronouns  his  or  your 
  sometimes  poetically  to  a  father.  --Shak. 
 
  {Save  your  reverence},  {Saving  your  reverence},  an 
  apologetical  phrase  for  an  unseemly  expression  made  in  the 
  presence  of  a  priest  or  clergyman. 
 
  {Sir  reverence},  a  contracted  form  of  Save  your  reverence. 
 
  Such  a  one  as  a  man  may  not  speak  of  without  he 
  say  ``Sir  reverence.''  --Shak. 
 
  {To  do  reverence},  to  show  reverence  or  honor;  to  perform  an 
  act  of  reverence. 
 
  Now  lies  he  there  And  none  so  poor  to  do  him 
  reverence.  --Shak. 
 
  Syn:  Awe;  honor;  veneration;  adoration;  dread. 
 
  Usage:  {Awe},  {Reverence},  {Dread},  {Veneration}.  Reverence 
  is  a  strong  sentiment  of  respect  and  esteem,  sometimes 
  mingled  slightly  with  fear;  as  reverence  for  the 
  divine  law.  Awe  is  a  mixed  feeling  of  sublimity  and 
  dread  in  view  of  something  great  or  terrible,  sublime 
  or  sacred;  as  awe  at  the  divine  presence.  It  does  not 
  necessarily  imply  love.  Dread  is  an  anxious  fear  in 
  view  of  an  impending  evil;  as  dread  of  punishment. 
  Veneration  is  reverence  in  its  strongest 
  manifestations.  It  is  the  highest  emotion  we  can 
  exercise  toward  human  beings.  Exalted  and  noble 
  objects  produce  reverence;  terrific  and  threatening 
  objects  awaken  dread;  a  sense  of  the  divine  presence 
  fills  us  with  awe;  a  union  of  wisdom  and  virtue  in  one 
  who  is  advanced  in  years  inspires  us  with  veneration. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Reverence  \Rev"er*ence\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Reverenced};  p. 
  pr  &  vb  n.  {Reverencing}.] 
  To  regard  or  treat  with  reverence;  to  regard  with  respect  and 
  affection  mingled  with  fear;  to  venerate. 
 
  Let  .  .  .  the  wife  see  that  she  reverence  her  husband. 
  --Eph.  v.  33. 
 
  Those  that  I  reverence  those  I  fear,  the  wise.  --Shak. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  reverence 
  n  1:  a  profound  fear  inspired  by  a  deity  [syn:  {awe},  {veneration}] 
  2:  a  reverent  mental  attitude  [ant:  {irreverence}] 
  v  :  be  in  awe  of  "Fear  God  as  your  father"  [syn:  {fear},  {revere}, 
  {venerate}] 
 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
 
  REVERENCE,  n.  The  spiritual  attitude  of  a  man  to  a  god  and  a  dog  to  a 
  man. 
 
 




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