rev·er·ence / ˈrev(ə)rəns/ • n. deep respect for someone or something: rituals showed honor and reverence for the dead. ∎ archaic a gesture indicative of such respect; a bow or curtsy: the messenger made his reverence. ∎ (His/Your Reverence) a title given to a member of the clergy, or used in addressing them. • v. [tr.] regard or treat with deep respect: the many divine beings reverenced by Hindu tradition.