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.

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. Reverent is related to the verb revere, which is also about having or showing respect for someone or something.

Definitions of reverent
  1. adjective

    feeling or showing profound respect or veneration

    “maintained a
    reverent silence”


    full of or exhibiting respect
    adoring, worshipful

    showing adoration
    awed, awful

    inspired by a feeling of fearful wonderment or reverence
    respectful, reverential, venerating

    feeling or manifesting veneration
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    showing lack of due respect or veneration

    exhibiting lack of respect; rude and discourteous
    blasphemous, profane, sacrilegious

    grossly irreverent toward what is held to be sacred
    aweless, awless, disrespectful

    neither feeling nor showing respect
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  2. adjective

    showing great reverence for god

    godly, worshipful


    having or showing or expressing reverence for a deity

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