from Latin verēcundus (whence obs. French verecond (Cotgr.), Italian verecondo, Portugese verecundo), from verērī to reverence, fear
From: The Works of John Ruskin
Letters to the Workmen and Labourers Of Great Britain.
By John Ruskin, Vol. III, 1873
Letter the 27th. Christ's Lodgings. Brantwood, 27 January, 1873. P. 13