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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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, latimes.com, "Reddit group becomes flashpoint in sex abuse scandal at La Luz del Mundo church," 15 July 2019 And Ross’s tale served an important purpose in the creation of institutionalized American cultural identity more broadly: The flag-veneration movement and the Betsy Ross legend grew together. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "Colin Kaepernick reportedly asked Nike not to release a shoe with a Revolutionary War-era flag, enraging Ted Cruz and the governor of Arizona.," 2 July 2019 Yet the veneration of vintage 4x4s is not exclusively American. Dan Neil, WSJ, "The Fantasy Utility Vehicle: A $300,000 Nostalgia Trip," 27 June 2019 South and North warred over its meaning, but the universal veneration of the national charter survived even that holocaust. Thomas Wendel, National Review, "The Beginning of a Nation," 4 July 2019 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

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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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