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.

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.

Antonyms for veneration Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for veneration

Contemporary Examples of veneration

  • 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.

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    Mary Magdalene and Me

    Tracy Quan

    November 10, 2009

Historical Examples of veneration

British Dictionary definitions for veneration



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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