venerate

verb
ven·​er·​ate | \ ˈve-nə-ˌrāt How to pronounce venerate (audio) \
venerated; venerating

Definition of venerate

transitive verb

1 : to regard with reverential respect or with admiring deference
2 : to honor (an icon, a relic, etc.) with a ritual act of devotion

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venerator \ ˈve-​nə-​ˌrā-​tər How to pronounce venerate (audio) \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for venerate

revere, reverence, venerate, worship, adore mean to honor and admire profoundly and respectfully. revere stresses deference and tenderness of feeling. a professor revered by her students reverence presupposes an intrinsic merit and inviolability in the one honored and a similar depth of feeling in the one honoring. reverenced the academy's code of honor venerate implies a holding as holy or sacrosanct because of character, association, or age. heroes still venerated worship implies homage usually expressed in words or ceremony. worships their memory adore implies love and stresses the notion of an individual and personal attachment. we adored our doctor

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."

Examples of venerate in a Sentence

a writer venerated by generations of admirers She is venerated as a saint.
Recent Examples on the Web That’s because Europeans venerate the freedom to risk one’s own life but not the freedom to endanger others. Daniel Duane, Outside Online, 18 May 2021 If the mob’s bewilderment over the great building before them is one dominant feature of the day — whether to trash it or venerate it — its bewilderment over the police is even greater. Alec Macgillis, ProPublica, 17 Jan. 2021 Like any good advertisement, the most sizzling sequences venerate his latest products. New York Times, 27 Dec. 2020 Thatcher and Obama are symbols for causes bigger than themselves, icons to venerate, characters to mourn—ambassadors from a lost age. Tom Mctague, The Atlantic, 23 Nov. 2020 Most Wiccans venerate a goddess and a god as equal, although for some the goddess is given greater importance. Helen A. Berger, The Conversation, 29 Oct. 2020 Later shoguns would travel there to venerate their ancestors in processions that dwarfed the Elizabethan progresses of Tudor England. Hiroshi Okamoto, Smithsonian Magazine, 9 July 2020 And for those buyers of the new Grand Wagoneer who want to do their part to venerate the original, Miller has a solution. Car and Driver, 4 Oct. 2020 The hall was erected with the intent to venerate and deify, and the selections into it reflected the hubris of its creators. Sheldon Pearce, The New Yorker, 2 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of venerate

circa 1623, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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

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The first known use of venerate was circa 1623

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“Venerate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/venerate. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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venerate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of venerate

formal : to feel or show deep respect for (someone or something that is considered great, holy, etc.)

venerate

verb
ven·​er·​ate | \ ˈve-nə-ˌrāt How to pronounce venerate (audio) \
venerated; venerating

Kids Definition of venerate

1 : to consider holy
2 : to show deep respect for

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