His will to do good was used against him and was revered to commit the worst acts possible. Source

How can it be interpreted in easier words?

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    I can't begin to imagine how this came to be written. I think it's unlikely we're dealing with a (very rare) slang usage here, but I can't easily think what kind of typo could have led to it. The only short sequence of words I can think of that would even make sense here would be something like ...and he was made to commit unspeakable acts. Syntactically speaking, the text as given seems to be talking about something else that was done to / with "his will to do good", but semantically speaking that seems bogglingly unlikely. I'd say it's just "badly written". Jan 23 at 17:28
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    I have to say that a typo does explicate the passage. "Reversed" instead of "revered" makes sense of the passage though I cannot say I am enamored of the style. "His will to do good was used against him in terrible acts." (I know: comments about style are outside scope.) Jan 23 at 18:56
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    @JeffMorrow My point was given the other errors in the text, it’s unlikely to be a typo, for example the Sith looked unearth the dormant potential within each apprentice. Honestly I think it’s more likely this was written by a Markov chain computer algorithm than a person. There are lots of places that we could add or change words to sort of fix it, but there’s something very off about the writing.
    – ColleenV
    Jan 23 at 20:25
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    @Cascabel This article explains it a bit everipedia.org/wiki/lang_en/Markov_chain#Markov_text_generators Not long ago, it was trendy to use Markov chain based algorithms to generate realistic seeming text by training them with particular types of documents. There’s something weird about the mistakes in this article that make me think automated translation or something similar. I don’t think it’s actually Markov text generation, because it would probably have less actual information and more semantic filler.
    – ColleenV
    Jan 23 at 21:04
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    I’m voting to close this question because it's based on faulty English. Nothing to learn from it here
    – gotube
    Oct 24 at 19:18

Well, the key word to understand here is commit. Here are some relevant dictionary definitions

  1. to do something illegal or something that is considered wrong:
  2. to actively put information in your memory or write it down:

As regards the word revere, it is defined as

to very much respect and admire someone or something

Therefore, the phrase "[to be] revered to commit" seems to indicate that the subject was greatly admired, which resulted in his committing something; either some action, or committing something into memory.

  • If the admiration of others was the reason a person chose to act, then you could say that (the people’s) reverence compelled (the person) to commit the act. If the action was the cause for admiration you could say (the person) was revered for committing the act. It doesn’t make sense to say that they were revered to commit the action.
    – D M
    Feb 25 at 5:53

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