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Reverend or Reverent (the two forms used indiscriminately in O. Edd.) 1) entitled to high respect, venerable; a) “reverend:” Compl. 57. Wiv. III, 1, 52. Err. V, 134. Ado V, 1, 325. V, 4, 125. Merch. IV, 1, 226. Shr. IV, 5, 48. Shr. IV, 5, 48 Tw. III, 4, 80. Wint. IV, 4, 73. H4B III, 2, 181. H5 III, 3, 37. Troil. I, 3, 61. IV, 5, 204. Cor. II, 1, 66. II, 2, 46. Tim. III, 5, 80. V, 1, 132. 185 (reverends, i. e. reverend'st). Oth. I, 1, 93. I, 3, 33. I, 3, 33 Per. V, 1, 14. V, 3, 18. V, 3, 18 V, 3, 18 b) “reverent:” Err. III, 2, 91. V, 5. R3 IV, 4, 35. Tit. II, 3, 296 (M. Edd. reverend). III, 1, 23 (M. Edd. reverend). V, 3, 137 (M. Edd. reverend). c) Different spelling in O. Edd.; Ff reverend, Qq “reverent:” R2 V, 6, 25. H4A II, 4, 499. R3 IV, 1, 31. Hml. II, 2, 501. Ff reverent, Qq “reverend:” H4A III, 2, 104. The earlier Ff reverent, the later “reverend:” Err. V, 124. H6A III, 1, 49. H8 III, 1, 26.
Applied to ecclesiastics and religious institutions: John III, 1, 224. R2 V, 6, 25 “(some r. room).” H4A III, 2, 104. H4B IV, 1, 38. H6B I, 1, 8. R3 III, 5, 100. III, 7, 61. H8 I, 1, 51. H8 I, 1, 51 II, 2, 77. II, 4, 58. II, 4, 58 II, 4, 58 III, 1, 26. III, 1, 26 III, 1, 26 IV, 1, 26. IV, 1, 26 IV, 2, 18. Rom. IV, 2, 31.
Nearly equivalent to old: “as you are old and r., you should be wise,” Lr. I, 4, 261. “you r. braggart,” II, 2, 133 (Qq unreverent, Ff reverent, M. Edd. reverend).
2) testifying veneration, humble; a) “reverend:” Lucr. 90. Merch. IV, 1, 163. Shr. IV, 1, 207. H4B I, 2, 113. H6A V, 3, 47. b) “reverent:” LLL IV, 2, 1. H6B III, 1, 34.
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