Sir reverence
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. [1913 Webster]

If thou be poor, farewell thy reverence. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

Reverence, which is the synthesis of love and fear. --Coleridge. [1913 Webster]

When discords, and quarrels, and factions, are carried openly and audaciously, it is a sign the reverence of government islost. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

Note: Formerly, as in Chaucer, reverence denoted ``respect'' ``honor'', without awe or fear. [1913 Webster]

2. The act of revering; a token of respect or veneration; an obeisance. [1913 Webster]

Make twenty reverences upon receiving . . . about twopence. --Goldsmith. [1913 Webster]

And each of them doeth all his diligence To do unto the feast reverence. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

3. That which deserves or exacts manifestations of reverence; reverend character; dignity; state. [1913 Webster]

I am forced to lay my reverence by. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

{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}. [1913 Webster]

Such a one as a man may not speak of, without he say. ``Sir reverence.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{To do reverence}, to show reverence or honor; to perform an act of reverence. [1913 Webster]

Now lies he there, And none so poor to do him reverence. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]


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  • sir-reverence — [sʉr΄rev′ər əns] interj. [confused form for sa reverence, contr. < save reverence, saving (your) reverence, transl. of ML salva reverentia] Obs. begging your pardon: an expression of apology formerly used before a word or remark that might be… …   English World dictionary

  • sir-reverence —  ̷ ̷ˈ ̷ ̷( ̷ ̷) ̷ ̷ noun Etymology: probably alteration (influenced by sir) (I) of sa reverence, contraction of save reverence, translation of Latin salva reverentia saving (your) reverence 1. obsolete used as an expression of apology before a… …   Useful english dictionary

  • sir-reverence — noun Etymology: probably alteration of save reverence, translation of Medieval Latin salva reverentia with all respect, literally, saving (your) reverence Date: 1575 1. obsolete used as an expression of apology before a statement that might be… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • sir-reverence — /serr rev euhr euhns/, n. Obs. (used as an expression of apology, as before unseemly or indelicate words.) [1565 75; alter. of save your reverence] * * * …   Universalium

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  • 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. [1913 Webster] If thou be poor, farewell thy …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sir-rev|er|ence — «SUR REHV uhr uhns», noun. Obsolete. saving your reverence, an apology: »A very reverent body; ay, such a one as a man may not speak of, without he says sir reverence (Shakespeare). ╂[alteration of s r reverence, shortened pronunciation of save… …   Useful english dictionary

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