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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Other Words from venerate

venerator \ ˈve-​nə-​ˌrā-​tər How to pronounce venerator (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.

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More than a week later, the image is still visible at his family's Schiller Park home and hundreds of visitors stream through to venerate the apparent image of Mary. Kori Rumore, chicagotribune.com, "Nine times people in Chicago saw the Virgin Mary: 'A sort of tangible, visible encounter with the divine'," 12 Sep. 2019 In a world that expects hierarchy and venerates individual genius, some musicians prefer to see their conductor not as a collaborator, but as a dominant, almost dictatorial leader. Maya Chung, The New York Review of Books, "When Women Take the Baton," 26 Mar. 2019 Others came to venerate the teacher, prostrating at his feet. Eliza Griswold, The New Yorker, "Yoga Reconsiders the Role of the Guru in the Age of #MeToo," 23 July 2019 Their community of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church in Walton, which runs the two schools, belongs to the Society of St. Pius X, a conservative sect that venerates the Latin Mass and rejects Vatican II. Anne Saker, Cincinnati.com, "Vaccines: Kentucky students lose appeal of ban during chickenpox outbreak," 1 July 2019 Good behaviour is venerated and failure to comply is punished, which is all rationalised as part of the journey. Courtney Shea, refinery29.com, "Why You’re Closer To Joining A Cult Than You Think," 3 June 2019 Since then the Parisians have adored it, neglected it, damaged it and desecrated it, restored and venerated it, depending on the social passions and fashions of the times. Bruce Dale, National Geographic, "Adored, neglected, and restored: A 1968 Nat Geo feature explored Notre Dame," 17 Apr. 2019 Consider the mid-century Case Study House: minimalist prototypes for the masses that were aesthetic and affordable, each now a grail venerated by the architectural cognoscenti. R. Daniel Foster, latimes.com, "New book details architect Paul McClean’s ultramodern homes," 28 June 2019 Across ancient mythologies of the Northern Hemisphere, wolves were venerated as teachers and representative of altruism and integrity, Alfero says. Gregory Thomas, SFChronicle.com, "Can ‘wolf therapy’ open people up? One shaman aims to find out.," 26 June 2019

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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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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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