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 In the 2000s, with Yao becoming a national hero, the NBA's popularity quickly grew in China, further cementing the wild veneration for Bryant among Chinese fans. Nectar Gan And Emiko Jozuka, CNN, "Chinese fans in mourning: Kobe Bryant's death draws an outpouring of shock and grief," 27 Jan. 2020 To many Northumbrians over the centuries, the wall has been less an object of veneration than a handy source of building material, much of which ended up in the houses along the route. The Economist, "Walking the wall: my Brexit hike in northern England," 4 Dec. 2019 But moving the body to such a symbolic place of veneration was unacceptable to the government, which appealed directly to the Vatican. Stephania Taladrid, The New Yorker, "Franco’s Body Is Exhumed, as Spain Still Struggles to Confront the Past," 26 Oct. 2019 Others say the memorials glorify people with racist histories, inviting veneration rather than critical examination. Hannah Knowles, Washington Post, "Ted Cruz criticizes Tenn. governor for day honoring Confederate general and KKK leader," 13 July 2019 Stapleton’s name on a neighborhood means veneration and passive vindication. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: There is no gray area in Stapleton name debate (8/30/19)," 1 Sep. 2019 It's been kept in a safe at the Louvre museum and was removed for only the second time for a veneration ceremony at St Germain l'Auxerrois church on Friday. Fox News, "Notre Dame fire: New images show scale of destruction as experts eye iconic building's future," 6 Sep. 2019 But this twisted veneration of the Spartan myth looms larger than just Leonidas’s single quote. Myke Cole, The New Republic, "The Sparta Fetish Is a Cultural Cancer," 1 Aug. 2019 He was troubled by the veneration heaped by followers on Garcia, whose initials are inscribed in congregants’ hymnals and shawls. Leila Miller,, "Reddit group becomes flashpoint in sex abuse scandal at La Luz del Mundo church," 15 July 2019

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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 17 Feb. 2020.

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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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