• WordNet 3.6
    • n veneration religious zeal; the willingness to serve God
    • n veneration a feeling of profound respect for someone or something "the fear of God","the Chinese reverence for the dead","the French treat food with gentle reverence","his respect for the law bordered on veneration"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Veneration The act of venerating, or the state of being venerated; the highest degree of respect and reverence; respect mingled with awe; a feeling or sentiment excited by the dignity, wisdom, or superiority of a person, by sacredness of character, by consecration to sacred services, or by hallowed associations. "We find a secret awe and veneration for one who moves about us in a regular and illustrious course of virtue."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n veneration The feeling of one who venerates; a high degree of respect and reverence; an exalted feeling or sentiment excited by the dignity, wisdom, and goodness of a person, or by the sacredness of his character, and, with regard to a place, by the sacred or historic associations that hallow it.
    • n veneration The outward expression of reverent feeling; worship.
    • n veneration In phrenology, the organ of adoration, reverence, or respect for what is great and good. See cut under phrenology. Synonyms B everence, Veneration, Awe, etc. See reverence.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Veneration the act of venerating: the state of being venerated: the highest degree of respect and reverence: respect mingled with reverence and awe: awe
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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. veneratio,: cf. F. vénération,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. venerāri, -ātus.


In literature:

Opposite me is a Venerable Gentleman with a bland countenance, who as yet has spoken little.
"The Professor at the Breakfast Table" by Oliver Wendell Holmes (Sr.)
His locks of silver grey venerably shaded his temples, and his green old age seemed to be the result of health and benevolence.
"The Vicar of Wakefield" by Oliver Goldsmith
The venerable Grand Vizier turned away; I saw a tear trickling down his cheeks.
"Burlesques" by William Makepeace Thackeray
The first is from the ancient Roman author, Caelius Aurelianus; the second from the venerable folio of Forestus.
"Medical Essays" by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
Next, martial music rent the air; a venerable ecclesiastic blessed the arms and aims of a goodly company of stout-hearted men.
"Sparrows" by Horace W. C. Newte
Here then the fabled angel paused in his flight to bless the venerable sanctuary of Monte Vergine.
"Vendetta" by Marie Corelli
We progress with dear venerable Mrs. Bonner.
"Evan Harrington, Complete" by George Meredith
They may be trained, equally as we are, to venerate the abstract idea of country, and be a sacrifice to it.
"Vittoria, Complete" by George Meredith
Veneration of heroes, living and dead, kept down his conceit.
"Beauchamp's Career, Complete" by George Meredith
He seemed sadly wanting in veneration.
"One of Our Conquerors, Complete" by George Meredith

In poetry:

Thou hast my better years,
Thou hast my earlier friends--the good--the kind,
Yielded to thee with tears--
The venerable form--the exalted mind.
"The Past" by William Cullen Bryant
Therefore with glowing hearts and proud glad tears,
The children of her Island Realm to—day
Recall her sixty venerable years
Of virtuous sway.
"Victoria" by Alfred Austin
O thing of darkness born! A deity
Were you not once, revered and venerated?
It was not God that made us. It was we
That slavishly the gods created.
"The Stone Idol" by Ivan Bunin
Here Eli comes to take ye resting Seat,
Slow-moving forward with a revrend gate,
Sacred in office, venerably sage
& venerably great in silverd age.
"Hannah" by Thomas Parnell
Welcome, thrice venerable sage! approach.
Art thou that Daniel whom my great forefather
Brought hither with the captive tribes of Judah?
"Belshazzar. A Sacred Drama" by Hannah More
Where is he? Where is Daniel? Let me see him!
Let me embrace that venerable form,
Which I have doom'd to glut the greedy maw
Of furious lions!
"Daniel. A Sacred Drama" by Hannah More

In news:

The venerable University of California traded in its traditional logo for something modern, eliciting a New Media blast of derision.
Mudfort' no more — Bolivar venerates Venezuelan freedom fighter.
Republicans venerate war wimps like Bush-Cheney, but Murphy is 'spoiled brat ?'.
The venerable Champagne Cocktail was named one of the 10 best drinks by Esquire Magazine in 1934.
Crash course from venerable Champ Bailey might buoy Broncos' young DBs.
The mission of the recently formed White Pine Working Group was to find ways and means to rescue a venerable tree in the Center Cemetery that was slated for removal.
Encompassing the past, present, and future of the venerable 911.
Thane Ritchie, founder and CEO of Ritchie Capital Management, LLC—headquartered in Wheaton, where he also lives—is trying to buy the venerable but money-losing Newsweek magazine.
The venerable firm adds three holiday-themed.
When Ford announced back in December it would replace its venerable E-Series van with a version of the next-generation, European-developed Transit, details weren't exactly forthcoming.
Some conservative pundits are still mad at the editors of National Review for an editorial in which the venerable magazine urged Republicans not to back Newt Gingrich for president.
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.
Lions visit venerable Palestra to face LaSalle.
Burlington's venerable South End Art Hop kicked off its 14th annual fest last weekend with a new main location: the former Specialty Filaments, at the corner of Howard and Pine streets.

In science:

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
Here we present an analysis of the apsidal motion of V578 Mon using the state-of-the-art EB modeling software phoebe (Prˇsa & Zwitter 2005), which updates and extends the venerable Wilson-Devinney code (Wilson & Devinney 1971; Wilson 1979).
Apsidal Motion of the Massive, Benchmark Eclipsing Binary V578 Mon
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
Indeed, the venerable Astrophysical Journal (ApJ) itself is sometimes described as having been born in order to communicate the new scientific insights that were forming in the wake of the invention of spectroscopy (Osterbrock 1995).
Fully Digital: Policy and Process Implications for the AAS