• WordNet 3.6
    • adj venerable profoundly honored "revered holy men"
    • adj venerable impressive by reason of age "a venerable sage with white hair and beard"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Venerable Capable of being venerated; worthy of veneration or reverence; deserving of honor and respect; -- generally implying an advanced age; as, a venerable magistrate; a venerable parent. "He was a man of eternal self-sacrifice, and that is always venerable .""Venerable men! you have come down to us from a former generation."
    • Venerable Rendered sacred by religious or other associations; that should be regarded with awe and treated with reverence; as, the venerable walls of a temple or a church.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • venerable Worthy of veneration or reverence; deserving honor and respect, particularly with a suggestion of age or dignity: as, a venerable magistrate; a venerable scholar. In the Anglican Church, specifically applied to archdeacons.
    • venerable Hallowed by religious, historic, or other lofty associations; to be regarded with reverence: as, the venerable precincts of a temple.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Venerable ven′e-ra-bl that may be venerated: worthy of veneration, reverence, or honour: rendered sacred by religious or other associations: aged
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  • Marcus T. Cicero
    “Nothing is more noble, nothing more venerable than fidelity. Faithfulness and truth are the most sacred excellences and endowments of the human mind.”
  • Karl Kraus
    “Morality is a venereal disease. Its primary stage is called virtue; its secondary stage, boredom; its tertiary stage, syphilis.”
  • George Jean Nathan
    “Patriotism is a arbitrary veneration of real estate above principles.”
  • Charles Baudelaire
    “We all have the republican spirit in our veins, like syphilis in our bones. We are democratized and venerealized.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. venerabilis,: cf. F. vénérable,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. venerabilisvenerāri, to venerate.


In literature:

You have fair veneration and spirituality but are nothing remarkable in these respects.
"The Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony (Volume 1 of 2)" by Ida Husted Harper
Unfortunately, in fishing the anchor of the Venerable, 74-gun ship, the fish-hook gave way, and a man was precipitated into the sea.
"Narratives of Shipwrecks of the Royal Navy; between 1793 and 1849" by William O. S. Gilly
It is extremely doubtful if any form of venereal infection can be conveyed in food.
"Venereal Diseases in New Zealand (1922)" by Committee Of The Board Of Health
He deserveth not our respect nor the veneration due to age.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"
And having saluted all the venerable and brave warriors thus, he filled the three worlds with the twang of the Gandiva.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2"
They only held out the royal name to catch those Frenchmen to whom the name of king is still venerable.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. IV. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
It was that venerable, good man, Lovie Pierce, the father of the great and eloquent bishop.
"The Memories of Fifty Years" by William H. Sparks
Some, however, were venerable, even noble, to behold.
"At Home And Abroad" by Margaret Fuller Ossoli
Thy questions, venerable sire!
"The Iliad of Homer" by Homer
He weeps: O venerate the holy tear!
"The Prose Works of William Wordsworth" by William Wordsworth

In poetry:

A BAYARD in his moral pluck
Without reproach or fear,
A quiet venerable duck
With fifty pounds a year.
"First Love" by William Schwenck Gilbert
You see gleam as the whole story,
not what’s venerable and high!
Only show their outer glory
to a dull indifferent eye.
"The Gold Horns" by Adam Gottlob Oehlenschlaeger
Thus taught the village Pastor, on whose tongue,
Deeply attent, my youth and childhood hung,
As venerable man, he loved to trace,
In contrast to our woes, a Savior's grace.
"Days Of Youth : Part Second" by Thomas Cogswell Upham
ERNESTO ceas'd--for Pity's throbs oppress'd
With tender force his venerable breast.
Through the remaining way our mutual sighs,
From awe-struck thought, in solemn silence rise.
"Louisa: A Poetical Novel. Fourth Epsitle." by Anna Seward
'TIS past: dear venerable shade, farewel!
Thy blameless life thy peaceful death shall tell.
Clear to the last thy setting orb has run;
Pure, bright, and healthy like a frosty sun:
"On The Death Of Mrs. Jennings" by Anna Laetitia Aikin Barbauld
O the ripen'd joy of womanhood!
O perfect happiness at last!
I am more than eighty years of age—my hair, too, is pure white—I am
the most venerable mother;
How clear is my mind! how all people draw nigh to me!
"Poems Of Joys" by Walt Whitman

In news:

This venerated object visited St Jude the Apostle Catholic Church in Westlake Village last week.
When two venerable giants in international finance, S.G.
LONDON (AP) — Few seem to be enjoying the management meltdown at the venerable.
LONDON (AP) — Few seem to be enjoying the management meltdown at the venerable BBC more than Rupert Murdoch, the News Corp.
Venerable Grant Hall at West Point now offers a high-tech remote ordering option accessed online or through kiosk units.
And some men and women we venerate today took a very long time to achieve sanctity.
Two of the venerable game show's most successful champions.
Politely Ignored at Home, Miller Is Venerated Abroad.
The venerable Champagne Cocktail was named one of the 10 best drinks by Esquire Magazine in 1934.
Promoting his new film, "To Rome With Love," the venerated filmmaker admits that the disparity between being famous and ordinary is "kind of disgusting – but I can't say I don't enjoy it.".
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — It was a VIP audience for what was likely the last performance of the venerable Tehran Symphony Orchestra.
Publicis unit is handling the "pre-packaged" bankruptcy filing of venerable publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Corky & Lenny's is a venerable Jewish delicatessen that has been an institution on Cleveland's East Side for more than 33 years.
A decade ago, British soccer fans roundly booed Tampa Bay Buccaneers owner Malcolm Glazer as he took control of the venerable club Manchester United.
Venereal diseases, especially in young people, appear to be increasingly on the rise.

In science:

The venerable Wounded Nucleon Model (WNM) describes the production of secondary hadrons in nuclear collisions as a fragmentation of participating (wounded) nucleons.
Simple models of the contribution of intermediate state gluons to J\psi suppression at the CERN SPS
Pure diffusion on lattices has a long and venerable tradition in statistical mechanics .
Collective dynamics in coupled maps on a lattice with quenched disorder
Hill and Scott’s (2009) informative commentary raises the venerable contrast between model-free and model-based estimators, to which we offer four points.
Rejoinder: Matched Pairs and the Future of Cluster-Randomized Experiments
The venerable tradition of trying to express scientific theories in terms of logic and set theory, as is evident in Quine [Quine, 1975] among others, is rather remote from the language of contemporary physics [Ladyman et al., 2007].
Empirical Equivalence, Artificial Gauge Freedom and a Generalized Kretschmann Objection
A venerable principle holds that the Fourier transform of a measure is “small” in a meaningful sense when linear structure is absent, in certain circumstances.
On random multilinear operator inequalities