[ ven-uh-rey-shuhn ]
/ ˌvɛn əˈreɪ ʃən /


the act of venerating.
the state of being venerated.
the feeling of a person who venerates; a feeling of awe, respect, etc.; reverence: They were filled with veneration for their priests.
an expression of this feeling: A memorial was erected in veneration of the dead of both world wars.

Nearby words

  1. venepuncture,
  2. vener,
  3. venera,
  4. venerable,
  5. venerate,
  6. venereal,
  7. venereal bubo,
  8. venereal disease,
  9. venereal diseases,
  10. venereal lymphogranuloma

Origin of veneration

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin venerātiōn- (stem of venerātiō), equivalent to venerāt(us) (see venerate) + -iōn- -ion

Related formsven·er·a·tion·al, ven·er·a·tive, adjectiveven·er·a·tive·ly, adverbven·er·a·tive·ness, nounun·ven·er·a·tive, adjective

Synonym study

3. See respect. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for veneration


/ (ˌvɛnəˈreɪʃən) /


a feeling or expression of awe or reverence
the act of venerating or the state of being venerated
Derived Formsvenerational, adjectivevenerativeness, noun

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Word Origin and History for veneration



early 15c., from Middle French veneration, from Latin venerationem (nominative veneratio) "reverence," from past participle stem of venerari "to worship, revere," from venus (genitive veneris) "beauty, love, desire" (see Venus).

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