American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The act of venerating.
- n. Profound respect or reverence: "The veneration of man has been misdirected” ( Lucretia Mott). See Synonyms at honor.
- n. The condition or status of one who is venerated.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. 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. The outward expression of reverent feeling; worship.
- n. 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
- n. The act of venerating or the state of being venerated.
- n. Profound reverence, respect or awe.
- n. Religious zeal, idolatry or devotion.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. 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.
- n. religious zeal; the willingness to serve God
- n. a feeling of profound respect for someone or something
“In Italy, the word "veneration" comes from Venus, goddess of fertility, called in Italian, Venere.”
“Ah, far more than my congratulations, my esteem, my veneration is yours, dear and generous Eugenia! true daughter of my mother! and proudest recompence of my father!”
“I'm not Catholic anymore, but I believe the distancing from relic veneration is unfortunate.”
“Surrounding the Prophet with veneration is one thing.”
“They conduct a scorched earth policy in veneration of their god: Money.”
“The question of Marian veneration is a non-issue, a distraction.”
“At the time, during the 17th and 18th centuries, when this attitude grew up, it was very natural; but now, in the 20th, what began as a kind of guarantee against barbarism and degeneration has ended as nothing but a veneration for the white skin for its own sake, and this veneration is sincere and deep.”
“When I see the old stump fences, when I think of what it meant to those people to tear those stumps out of the forest, when I think of the hard work it meant, then I bow my head in veneration before the pioneers who build the foundations of this country.”
“OLDING an important place among the majority of curious tales held in veneration by the coast tribes are those of the sea-serpent.”
“If there is such a thing among Protestants as "religious veneration" of Luther, what shall we call the veneration of Mary among Catholics?”
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