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Reverence, subst. 1) high respect, veneration: R2 I, 4, 27. III, 2, 172. H4B IV, 2, 6. H6A II, 3, 71. H6B III, 2, 207. H8 IV, 2, 101. Troil. I, 3, 227. Caes. III, 1, 176. Lr. II, 2, 75. Cymb. IV, 2, 247. With of: “the fair r. of your highness curbs me,” R2 I, 1, 54. “this policy and r. of age makes the world bitter,” Lr. I, 2, 48. “in the due r. of a sacred vow,” Oth. III, 3, 461. With to: “all r. set apart to him,” John III, 1, 159. “for r. to some alive,” R3 III, 7, 193. “r. to your calling makes me modest,” H8 V, 3, 69. “to do a p. r.:” Merch. I, 1, 13. Caes. III, 2, 125. “to have in r.:” Tit. V, 1, 83.
2) a character entitled to particular regard: “I have as much of my father in me as you, albeit your coming before me is nearer to his r.” As I, 1, 54 (i. e. your being older than I gives you a nearer claim to the respect which was due to him). “settlest admired r. in a slave,” Tim. V, 1, 54. “that I thus would play and trifle with your r.” Oth. I, 1, 133. Applied to venerable age: “knavery cannot hide himself in such r.” Ado II, 3, 125. “I am forced to lay my r. by,” V, 1, 64 (i. e. the privilege of my age). “in thy r. and thy chair-days,” H6B V, 2, 48. “a gracious aged man, whose r. even the head-lugged bear would lick,” Lr. IV, 2, 42. “those violent harms that my two sisters have in thy r. made,” IV, 7, 29. To clerical persons: “trust not my age, my r.” Ado IV, 1, 170. I charge thee (the priest) “by thy r.” Tw. V, 154. “the r. of the grave wearers,” Wint. III, 1, 5. “a clergyman of holy r.” R2 III, 3, 29. “you misuse the r. of your place,” H4B IV, 2, 23. “what your r. shall incite us to,” H5 I, 2, 20.
Saving your r., a phrase used to introduce an offensive or indecent expression: Meas. II, 1, 92. Ado III, 4, 32. Merch. II, 2, 27. Merch. II, 2, 27 H4A II, 4, 515. “the rather -- saving r. of the word -- for 'tis said a woman's fitness comes by fits,” Cymb. IV, 1, 5. save your r., in the same sense: “we'll draw you from the mire or, save your r., love,” Rom. I, 4, 42. Corrupted to sir r.: “a very reverent body, ay, such a one as a man may not speak of without he say Sir r.” Err. III, 2, 93. In Rom. I, 4, 42 the surreptitious Q1 and M. Edd. from the mire of this sir r. love.
3) bow, obeisance: “and with a low submissive r. say,” Shr. Ind. 1, 53. cf. to do r. in Merch. I, 1, 13 and Caes. III, 2, 125.
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