from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state or character of being venerable.

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  • noun The condition of being venerable

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  • noun the quality of deserving veneration


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  • The fact that it has, for two hundred years, poured light into the minds of millions, and guided the steps of generation after generation in the way to heaven, has given to it somewhat of the venerableness which appropriately belongs to a book of

    Barnes New Testament Notes

  • He was a remarkable observer and faithful reporter, never allowing himself, in Ibsen's phrase, to be "frightened by the venerableness of the institution"; and his sublimated journalism reveals

    Mark Twain

  • He was a remarkable observer and faithful reporter, never allowing himself, in Ibsen’s phrase, to be “frightened by the venerableness of the institutions”; and his sublimated journalism reveals a mastery of the naïvely comic thoroughly human and democratic.

    Criticisms and Interpretations. III. By Archibald Henderson

  • There was nothing artificial or upstart about their beauty, but the venerableness of dignity.


  • But the bearing of his collection is toward a closer union of the two bodies of works, and especially of the Atharvan, not to the greater gain in age of the Upanishads so much as to the depreciation in venerableness of the former.

    The Religions of India Handbooks on the History of Religions, Volume 1, Edited by Morris Jastrow

  • Properly their one element of venerableness, of strength of greatness, is, that they at all times correspond therewith as near as by human possibility they can.

    The Best of the World's Classics, Vol. V (of X) - Great Britain and Ireland III

  • Isabel's character a sister-spirit, and of the easy venerableness of Mr. Touchett, whose noble tone, as she said, met with her full approval -- her situation at Gardencourt would have been perfectly comfortable had she not conceived an irresistible mistrust of the little lady for whom she had at first supposed herself obliged to "allow" as mistress of the house.

    The Portrait of a Lady — Volume 1

  • The writer's charming touch, however, throws a rich brown tone over its rather shallow venerableness; and we are beguiled into believing, for instance, at the close of _Howe's Masquerade_ (a story of a strange occurrence at an entertainment given by Sir William Howe, the last of the Royal Governors, during the siege of Boston by Washington), that

    Hawthorne (English Men of Letters Series)

  • Before Mr. Alcott took it in hand, it was a mean-looking affair, with two peaked gables; no suggestiveness about it, and no venerableness, although from the style of its construction it seems to have survived beyond its first century.

    Hawthorne (English Men of Letters Series)

  • Carlyle was, of course, the more prodigious personality, and had the advantage in the richness and venerableness of the Old World setting.

    The Last Harvest


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