Google isn't a dictionary. They are a search engine and software company.Merriam Webster is a dictionary, and has a much stronger definition than simple "solemn respect".http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reverent: expressing or characterized by reverence : worshipfulNot trying to be a pain, but there is a lot of richness to our language. Different words express different nuances. Google's definition waters it down, IMO, so it's not much more than "respect". But we already had a word for that, specifically "respect". "Reverent" is sort of turning that up to 11.