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.
- Pronunciation: / 'rɛvərənt/
- English description: feeling or showing profound respect or veneration
- Synonyms: respectful
- Chinese Translation: 恭敬的(gong1 jing4 de)
- Spanish Translation: reverente
- ORIGIN: 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. Reverentis related to the verb revere, which is also about having or showing respect for someone or something.
- Tennis is an innately dramatic sport, one that demands complete focus and dedication from its players and inspires reverent silence from its audience.
- And while typically you speak in a reverent voice in respect for the dead, tonight, feel free to speak up and ask questions.
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