Reverence vs Referent - What's the difference?

reverence | referent |

As nouns the difference between reverence and referent

is that reverence is reverence (deep respect) while referent is referee (person who gives a reference).




  • Veneration; profound awe and respect, normally in a sacred context.
  • An act of showing respect, such as a bow.
  • * Goldsmith
  • Make twenty reverences upon receiving about twopence.
  • The state of being revered.
  • * Francis Bacon
  • When discords, and quarrels, and factions, are carried openly and audaciously, it is a sign the reverence of government is lost.
  • A form of address for some members of the clergy.
  • your reverence
  • That which deserves or exacts manifestations of reverence; reverend character; dignity; state.
  • * Shakespeare
  • I am forced to lay my reverence by.

    Derived terms

    * reverent (pos a) * revere (pos v) * reverently (pos adv)


  • To show reverence.
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    (en noun)
  • (semantics) The specific entity in the world that a word or phrase identifies or denotes.
  • That which is referenced.
  • Derived terms

    * absent referent


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