veneration

noun
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

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There are grounds enough for veneration, and for hope, even now. Marilynne Robinson, Harper's magazine, "Is Poverty Necessary?," 10 June 2019 Wife-veneration tastes a bit like imprisonment, even today. Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker, "Please, My Wife, She’s Very Online," 5 June 2019 No wonder that mountains from Kinabalu to Kailash remain objects of veneration. National Geographic, "Why the world’s most daunting mountains inspire me," 11 Apr. 2019 And yet the scale of the veneration of the Ganges makes the Jordan seem trivial by comparison. Tunku Varadarajan, WSJ, "‘Unruly Waters’ and ‘Ganges’ Review: In India, Water Is Politics," 4 Jan. 2019 In more recent years, Lee distanced itself from some symbols whose continued veneration had stirred national controversy, removing the Southern battle flag from football uniforms and banning its use at school activities. Lauren Caruba, San Antonio Express-News, "Lee High School’s mountain of memories to be auctioned," 11 July 2018 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

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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

noun
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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