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.
  4. 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. 2018

Examples from the Web for venerative

Historical Examples of venerative

  • The woman looked at Jone with a venerative uplifting of her eyebrows.

    Pomona's Travels

    Frank R. Stockton

British Dictionary definitions for venerative


  1. a feeling or expression of awe or reverence
  2. the act of venerating or the state of being venerated
Derived Formsvenerational, adjectivevenerativeness, noun
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Word Origin and History for venerative



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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