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 That’s the central paradox of our veneration for first ladies: a job well done despite never wanting the responsibility — the cult of wifely self-sacrifice. Washington Post, 14 Apr. 2022 But in many ways, her veneration for the book was merely a bonus on top of the project’s real draw: working with Campion. Gabby Shacknai, Forbes, 27 Mar. 2022 Even children were, and still can be, approved for saintly veneration. Joanne M. Pierce, The Conversation, 8 Feb. 2022 This von Kant has also switched careers from fashion designer in the original to successful film director here, allowing Ozon to reflect on the particular forms of seduction, ego-massage and love-hate veneration between cineaste and muse. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 10 Feb. 2022 Upon reevaluation in the hip-hop era, Davis attracted new generations of cult veneration, being viewed as a forward-thinking mistress of funk and the predecessor to the likes of OutKast and Badu, to say nothing of Prince’s DIY ethos. A.d. Amorosi, Variety, 9 Feb. 2022 The Europeans, however, viewed this veneration of the dead as heretical to their Christian practice. Megan Gannon, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 Feb. 2022 The mystery only contributed to the veneration of Paine, adding to his cult the intrigue of relics. D.g. Hart, WSJ, 21 Jan. 2022 The systematic canonization process, established by the Vatican in the 18th century to replace more informal medieval traditions of veneration, can take years to verify such a miracle and often never does. Francis X. Rocca, WSJ, 11 Dec. 2021 See More

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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 27 May. 2022.

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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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