re·vere 1 (rĭ-vîr)
tr.v. re·vered, re·ver·ing, re·veres
To regard with awe, deference, and devotion.
[French révérer, from Old French reverer, from Latin reverērī : re-, re- + verērī, to respect; see wer-3 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
Synonyms: revere1, worship, venerate, adore, idolize
These verbs mean to regard with deep respect, deference, and admiration. Revere suggests awe coupled with profound honor: "At least one third of the population ... reveres every sort of holy man" (Rudyard Kipling).
Worship connotes an often uncritical devotion: "[The shortstop] was universally worshipped by fans from the first day he came to Boston" (Dan Shaughnessy).
Venerate connotes reverence accorded by virtue especially of dignity or age: "I venerate the memory of my grandfather" (Horace Walpole).
To adore is to worship with deep, often rapturous love: The students adored their caring teacher. Idolize implies regard like that accorded an object of religious devotion: a general who was idolized by his troops.
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