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[ ven-uh-rey-shuhn ]


  1. the act of venerating.
  2. the state of being venerated.
  3. the feeling of a person who venerates; a feeling of awe, respect, etc.; reverence:

    They were filled with veneration for their priests.

    Antonyms: disrespect

  4. an expression of this feeling:

    A memorial was erected in veneration of the dead of both world wars.


/ ˌvɛnəˈreɪʃən /


  1. a feeling or expression of awe or reverence
  2. the act of venerating or the state of being venerated

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Derived Forms

  • ˌvenerˈational, adjective
  • ˈvenerativeness, noun
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Other Words From

  • vener·ation·al vener·ative adjective
  • vener·ative·ly adverb
  • vener·ative·ness noun
  • un·vener·ative adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of veneration1

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

See respect.
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Example Sentences

As for the scope of veneration, it is entirely possible that even live crocodiles were worshipped in some parts of Egypt as embodiments of Sobek.

These facets do explain his renown and veneration among the Celtic druids.

Kyle Rittenhouse’s trial may have ended, but his veneration is only beginning.

Instead of constantly comparing ourselves to each other, we should be able to see different body types simply with veneration.

In France,” he told me, “there isn't as much interest in the veneration of relics.

Aunt Ri gazed at her with a sentiment as near to veneration as her dry, humorous, practical nature was capable of feeling.

The natural reverence for their remains soon passed into a superstitious veneration and belief in their miraculous efficacy.

His writings are held in the same veneration that Christians attach to their own sacred literature.

The fact was that the Mother of God was the sole being the mind was brought to esteem with feelings of veneration.

That Camoens is a fitting object for a nation's veneration cannot for a moment be doubted.


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