ven·​er·​a·​tion | \ˌve-nə-ˈrā-shən \

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

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Within the Catholic tradition, the idea that saints can intercede to God on one’s behalf makes saints particularly important and the object of folkloric veneration in their own right. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "Oscar Romero, a martyr for social justice and the newest Catholic saint, explained," 15 Oct. 2018 The motherhood line serves another, older purpose: These tweets and op-eds and statements are also venerations of the nuclear family. Sarah Jones, The New Republic, "Motherhood and the Morality of Trump’s Immigration Policy," 18 June 2018 There are signs that uncritical veneration of tech founders is on the way out. Christopher Mims, WSJ, "The Age of Tech Superheroes Must End," 7 June 2018 And for believers like them, Chinese ancestor veneration inappropriately elevates the dead. Ruth Tam, Washington Post, "Culture clash: Asian Americans balance Christianity and culture in rituals honoring their ancestors," 6 Apr. 2018 For reasons nobody at the cemetery or in the Catholic church can explain, Villars became the object of near-veneration — and still is. Will Higgins, Indianapolis Star, "Nonstop to Paris starts May 24: 4 weird ways the French have made history in Indiana," 22 May 2018 Yet, as Mr Kurtz-Phelan makes clear, his embassy started in late 1945 in a mood of great optimism, founded largely on veneration of the man himself. The Economist, "George Marshall won the war and rebuilt Europe, but lost China," 3 May 2018 Monstrances are used for the veneration of hosts in the Catholic Church. James Rogers, Fox News, "King of rage: Henry VIII’s bloodthirsty letter demands monk’s brutal death," 2 May 2018 These days the vibe is more veneration than intimidation. Stephanie Apstein,, "At Augusta, Tiger Woods Was Caught Between Being a Star and an Elder Statesman," 8 Apr. 2018

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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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ven·​er·​a·​tion | \ˌve-nə-ˈrā-shən \

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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