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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
More power to ya’, and to all the boys of the only Disney musical in the history of the world to venerate collective bargaining and the impact of a strike.
Yet, we for 2000-odd years, millions of people have been venerating him and in some cases, in some sects, actually praying and weeping fondly in the face of a carved wooden symbol of a bleeding man tacked to a cross.
Long venerated as a symbol of Italian American pride, Columbus also is blamed for the extermination of native populations throughout the Americas and the introduction of the slave trade.
There are many like him to venerate: The first responders.
Saudi society traditionally venerates age and at least publicly respects Islamic preachers.
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.
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.
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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
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