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 taken as offensive 2. obsolete human feces; also a lump of human feces

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  • 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,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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 — /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

  • sir-reverence — noun a) excrement b) Used apologetically when something offensive is mentioned …   Wiktionary

  • 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

  • Sir — Sir, n. [OE. sire, F. sire, contr. from the nominative L. senior an elder, elderly person, compar. of senex,senis, an aged person; akin to Gr. ??? old, Skr. sana, Goth. sineigs old, sinista eldest, Ir. & Gael. sean old, W. hen. Cf. {Seignior},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sir reverance — Sir Sir, n. [OE. sire, F. sire, contr. from the nominative L. senior an elder, elderly person, compar. of senex,senis, an aged person; akin to Gr. ??? old, Skr. sana, Goth. sineigs old, sinista eldest, Ir. & Gael. sean old, W. hen. Cf. {Seignior} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sir — Titre de noblesse Un titre de noblesse est soit un titre qui est réservé à des personnes de condition noble, soit un titre qui confère la noblesse. Il correspond à l origine à l exercice de fonctions d autorité déléguées de celles du souverain:… …   Wikipédia en Français

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