venerable

[ ven-er-uh-buh l ]
/ ˈvɛn ər ə bəl /
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adjective

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.

noun

a venerable person.

Nearby words

  1. venenose,
  2. venenous,
  3. venepuncture,
  4. vener,
  5. venera,
  6. venerate,
  7. veneration,
  8. venereal,
  9. venereal bubo,
  10. venereal disease

Origin of venerable

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin venerābilis, equivalent to venerā(rī) to venerate + -bilis -ble

Related forms
Can be confusedvenerable vulnerable

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British Dictionary definitions for unvenerable

venerable

/ (ˈvɛnərəbəl) /

adjective

(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
ancientvenerable tomes
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
Derived Formsvenerability or venerableness, nounvenerably, adverb

Word Origin for venerable

C15: from Latin venerābilis, from venerārī to venerate

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Word Origin and History for unvenerable

venerable

adj.

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.

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