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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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Historical Examples of venerator

  • They are divided by a desire to laugh and an immense pity for the venerator.

    Frulein Schmidt and Mr. Anstruther

    Elizabeth von Arnim

  • As a venerator of freedom and of liberty he regarded the Bible as the greatest text-book of freedom.

British Dictionary definitions for venerator


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 for venerate

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



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

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