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venerate

[ven-uh-reyt]
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verb (used with object), ven·er·at·ed, ven·er·at·ing.
  1. to regard or treat with reverence; revere.
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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)
Related formsven·er·a·tor, nounun·ven·er·at·ed, adjective
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Related Words

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Examples from the Web for venerate

Historical Examples

  • Why do we slight any word of Him whom we venerate and worship under the name of the Word?

    Erasmus and the Age of Reformation

    Johan Huizinga

  • They venerate the sun as Dharam Deota, but no offerings are made to him.

  • They venerate him as highly as they do the Prophet, and consider all other Musalmns to be unbelievers.

  • The man or the divinity we venerate at nineteen we instinctively bow to at forty.

  • But I don't have to venerate him and fuss over him and listen to him.


British Dictionary definitions for venerate

venerate

verb (tr)
  1. to hold in deep respect; revere
  2. to honour in recognition of qualities of holiness, excellence, wisdom, etc
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Derived Formsvenerator, noun

Word Origin

C17: from Latin venerārī, from venus love
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Word Origin and History for venerate

v.

1620s, from Latin veneratus, past participle of venerari "to reverence, worship" (see veneration). Related: Venerated; venerating.

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