- to regard or treat with reverence; revere.
Origin of venerate
1615–25; < Latin venerātus, past participle of venerārī to solicit the goodwill of (a god), worship, revere, verbal derivative of vener-, stem of venus, presumably in its original sense “desire”; see Venus)
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Examples from the Web for venerator
They are divided by a desire to laugh and an immense pity for the venerator.Frulein Schmidt and Mr. Anstruther
Elizabeth von Arnim
As a venerator of freedom and of liberty he regarded the Bible as the greatest text-book of freedom.Thomas Henry Huxley; A Sketch Of His Life And Work
P. Chalmers Mitchell
- to hold in deep respect; revere
- to honour in recognition of qualities of holiness, excellence, wisdom, etc
C17: from Latin venerārī, from venus love
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Word Origin and History for venerator
1620s, from Latin veneratus, past participle of venerari "to reverence, worship" (see veneration). Related: Venerated; venerating.
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