veneration

noun 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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Origin and Etymology of 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


VENERATION Defined for Kids

veneration

noun ven·er·a·tion \ ˌve-nə-ˈrā-shən \

Definition of veneration for Students

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


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