reverend


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Reverend \Rev"er*end\, a. [F. r['e]v['e]rend, L. reverendus, fr.
   revereri. See Revere.]
   Worthy of reverence; entitled to respect mingled with fear
   and affection; venerable.
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         A reverend sire among them came.         --Milton.
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         They must give good example and reverend deportment in
         the face of their children.              --Jer. Taylor.
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   Note: This word is commonly given as a title of respect to
         ecclesiastics. A clergyman is styled the reverend; a
         dean, the very reverend; a bishop, the right reverend;
         an archbishop, the most reverend.
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