Word of the Day: Reverence



1. the state of being revered, or treated with the greatest respect; veneration

Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world.” John Milton, 1608 – 1674

2. a feeling or attitude of deep and profound respect

Let parents bequeath to their children not riches, but the spirit of reverence.” Plato, 429 BCE – 347 BCE

3. gesture of respect (such as a bow)

But yesterday the word of Caesar might
Have stood against the world. Now lies he there,
And none so poor to do him reverence.

from Julius Caesar, William Shakespeare, 1564 – 1616


4. to guard or treat with respect

The first condition of human goodness is something to love; the second, something to reverence.” George Elliot (Mary Ann Evans), 1819 – 1880