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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
Like their Christian neighbors, the Jews of medieval Spain revered a female figure within divinity, but Jewish culture did not lead them to venerate either celibacy or virginity.
Muslim faithful revere it as the place the Prophet Mohammed ascended to heaven, while Jews, who call it Temple Mount, venerate it as the location of their biblical temple, Judaism’s holiest site.
The mosque is located on the Temple Mount, the holiest site in Judaism, venerated as the location of the two biblical temples.
That is, none of them had come to venerate any saints.
In summer, thousands flock to a towering waterfall where the Virgin Mary (also venerated as Ezili Danto, a goddess of love) is believed to have appeared.
Worshipers venerate intermediary spirits, such as the orisha gods of the Yoruba people who inhabit what is now Nigeria, Benin and Togo, and figures from Haitian history.
The irony here: Becket -- an annoyance to Henry II as Comey eventually became to Trump -- was later venerated as a saint.
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.
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What's the Difference Between venerate, revere, and reverence?
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
First Known Use: circa 1623See Words from the same year
Synonymsadore, deify, glorify, revere, reverence, worship
Related Wordsadmire, honor, love, regard, respect; apotheosize, canonize, dignify, exalt, lionize, magnify; extol (also extoll), laud, praise; delight, gratify, please, satisfy
Near Antonymsblaspheme, desecrate, profane, violate; affront, dishonor, disrespect, insult, offend, outrage, pique, ridicule, scorn, slight; displease; defame, disparage, libel, malign, slander, slur, smear
Synonym Discussion of venerate
- a professor revered by her students
- reverenced the academy's code of honor
- heroes still venerated
- worships their memory
- we adored our doctor
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
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