from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A feeling of profound respect or reverence: synonym: honor.
  • noun The act of venerating.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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.
  • noun The outward expression of reverent feeling; worship.
  • noun In phrenology, the organ of adoration, reverence, or respect for what is great and good. See cut under phrenology.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The act of venerating or the state of being venerated.
  • noun Profound reverence, respect or awe.
  • noun Religious zeal, idolatry or devotion.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun religious zeal; the willingness to serve God
  • noun a feeling of profound respect for someone or something


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