ven·​er·​a·​tion | \ ˌve-nə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce veneration (audio) \

Definition of veneration

1 : respect or awe inspired by the dignity, wisdom, dedication, or talent of a person
2 : the act of venerating
3 : the condition of one that is venerated

Examples of veneration in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The veneration affirmed what has become clear since Mr Trump left office: there is no Republican civil war. The Economist, "Donald Trump emerges from seclusion before an adoring crowd," 1 Mar. 2021 Trujillo’s veneration of whiteness was central to his message. New York Times, "He Wants to Save Classics From Whiteness. Can the Field Survive?," 2 Feb. 2021 Europe’s veneration of the old order was less a genuine desire for its restoration than a declaration of independence from Trump. Tom Mctague, The Atlantic, "Donald Trump’s Defeat Costs Europe Its Bogeyman," 11 Nov. 2020 Even those Protestants who typically regard the Catholic veneration of Mary with some suspicion cannot resist the permanent human truth of mother and child. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "His Father’s Business," 25 Dec. 2020 Blasting away accumulated layers of veneration, Gelb and Christian honor the unknowable mystery of the person underneath, an ordinary woman living out an extraordinary life. Alexandra Schwartz, The New Yorker, "A One-Man Musical About Mother Teresa," 21 Dec. 2020 Biden would also likely end the veneration of the Confederacy. Tom Vanden Brook, USA TODAY, "On Veterans Day, how President-elect Biden's plan for the Pentagon differs from Trump," 11 Nov. 2020 His action followed a Washington Post story detailing a lynching threat, Klan reminiscences and Confederacy veneration at the Lexington school, where cadets fought and died for the slaveholding South during the Civil War. Ian Shapira, Washington Post, "Northam calls for VMI investigation after Black cadets describe relentless racism," 19 Oct. 2020 The Yoruba faith, which centers on orisha worship and ancestor veneration, originated in West Africa and existed centuries before the trans-Atlantic slave trade. Stephanie García,, "With healing rituals passed down from her Panamanian family, Baltimore shaman creates art wrapped in medicine," 30 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of veneration

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for veneration

Middle English veneracioun, borrowed from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French veneratiun, borrowed from Latin venerātiōn-, venerātiō "act of soliciting the good will (of a deity), demonstration of respect or awe," from venerārī "to solicit the good will of (a deity), hold in awe, venerate" + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of action nouns

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“Veneration.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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ven·​er·​a·​tion | \ ˌve-nə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce veneration (audio) \

Kids Definition of veneration

1 : the act of showing respect for : the state of being shown respect
2 : a feeling of deep respect

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