Definition of venerate
1 : to regard with reverential respect or with admiring deference
2 : to honor (an icon, a relic, etc.) with a ritual act of devotion
veneratorplay \ˈve-nə-ˌrā-tər\ noun
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Examples of venerate in a Sentence
a writer venerated by generations of admirers
She is venerated as a saint.
Recent Examples of venerate from the Web
In the decades since, he has been venerated with a statue, an annual award at West Point and even a Malcolm Gladwell treatise on human potential.
Modern Venice is venerated as a shrine to livability.
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Venerate, revere, reverence, worship, and adore all mean to honor and admire profoundly and respectfully. Venerate implies a holding as holy or sacrosanct because of character, association, or age. Revere stresses deference and tenderness of feeling ("a professor revered by students"). Reverence presupposes an intrinsic merit and inviolability in the one honored and a similar depth of feeling in the one honoring ("she reverenced the academy's code of honor"). Worship implies homage usually expressed in words or ceremony ("he worships their memory"). Adore implies love and stresses the notion of an individual and personal attachment ("we adored our doctor"). Venerate, incidentally, traces back to the Latin verb venerari, from vener-, meaning "love" or "charm."
Origin and Etymology of venerate
borrowed from Latin venerātus, past participle of Latin venerārī “to solicit the good will of (a deity), worship, pay homage to, hold in awe,” verbal derivative of vener-, venus “sexual desire, qualities exciting desire, charm, (as proper noun) goddess personifying sexual attractiveness” (probably originally in cognate accusative phrase Venerem venerārī “to propitiate Venus,” extended to other deities) — more at venus
First Known Use: circa 1623
Synonym Discussion of venerate
VENERATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of venerate for English Language Learners
: to feel or show deep respect for (someone or something that is considered great, holy, etc.)
VENERATE Defined for Kids
Definition of venerate for Students
1 : to consider holy
2 : to show deep respect for
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