venerate

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verb ven·er·ate \ˈve-nə-ˌrāt\

Definition of venerate

venerated

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venerating

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to regard with reverential respect or with admiring deference

  3. 2 :  to honor (an icon, a relic, etc.) with a ritual act of devotion

venerator

play \ˈve-nə-ˌrā-tər\ noun

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Examples of venerate in a Sentence

  1. a writer venerated by generations of admirers

  2. She is venerated as a saint.

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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

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

Synonym Discussion of 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

VENERATE Defined for English Language Learners

venerate

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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

venerate

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verb ven·er·ate \ˈve-nə-ˌrāt\

Definition of venerate for Students

venerated

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venerating

  1. 1 :  to consider holy

  2. 2 :  to show deep respect for



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