from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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.

from The 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.

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

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


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  • In Italy, the word "veneration" comes from Venus, goddess of fertility, called in Italian, Venere.

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  • 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.

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  • OLDING an important place among the majority of curious tales held in veneration by the coast tribes are those of the sea-serpent.

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