- commanding respect because of great age or impressive dignity; worthy of veneration or reverence, as because of high office or noble character: a venerable member of Congress.
- a title for someone proclaimed by the Roman Catholic Church to have attained the first degree of sanctity or of an Anglican archdeacon.
- (of places, buildings, etc.) hallowed by religious, historic, or other lofty associations: the venerable halls of the abbey.
- impressive or interesting because of age, antique appearance, etc.: a venerable oak tree.
- extremely old or obsolete; ancient: a venerable automobile.
- a venerable person.
Origin of venerable
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His long and unvenerable hairs strayed loose beneath the dunghill relic which crowned them.Young Mr. Barter's Repentance
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- (esp of a person) worthy of reverence on account of great age, religious associations, character, position, etc
- (of inanimate objects) hallowed or impressive on account of historical or religious association
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- RC Church a title bestowed on a deceased person when the first stage of his canonization has been accomplished and his holiness has been recognized in a decree of the official Church
- Church of England a title given to an archdeacon
C15: from Latin venerābilis, from venerārī to venerate
Word Origin and History for unvenerable
early 15c., from Latin venerabilis, from venerari "to worship, revere" (see veneration). As a title, used in reference to ecclesiastics or those who had obtained the first degree of canonization.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper