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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. [1913 Webster] A reverend sire among them came. --Milton. [1913 Webster] They must give good example and reverend deportment in the face of their children. --Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster]