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Examples of venerate in a Sentence
a writer venerated by generations of admirers
She is venerated as a saint.
Recent Examples of venerate from the Web
Eminem fundamentally remade hip-hop’s relationship to drugs, bringing abuse and addiction to the fore, but also venerating a kind of drug-addled mischief.
The document repeats church teaching that relics from candidates for sainthood can only be venerated publicly once they have been beatified, the first step to possible sainthood, and not before.
Ibrahim Skakiyeh, 28, a father of two from Ramallah, was out hawking red Santa hats and selfie sticks in Manger Square, near the Church of the Nativity, venerated as the traditional birthplace of Jesus.
Beatification and canonization Masses often feature the relic being ceremoniously brought to the altar in an elaborate display case and allowing the faithful to publicly venerate the new blessed or saint for the first time.
Moore, who had twice been removed from the bench based on conduct, faced allegations of pedophilia and was generally venerated for comments concerning America being at its greatest during slavery.
In summer, thousands flock to a towering waterfall where the Virgin Mary (also venerated as Ezili Danto, a goddess of love) is believed to have appeared.
Instead, Landesman’s crisis of heroism turns into a crisis of character, because the movie venerates Felt.
The most celebrated of these, venerated as early as 3000 B.C., was the Apis bull, embodiment of god Ptah.
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What's the Difference Between venerate, revere, and reverence?
Venerate, revere, reverence, worship, and adore all mean to honor and admire profoundly and respectfully. Venerate implies a holding as holy or sacrosanct because of character, association, or age. Revere stresses deference and tenderness of feeling ("a professor revered by students"). Reverence presupposes an intrinsic merit and inviolability in the one honored and a similar depth of feeling in the one honoring ("she reverenced the academy's code of honor"). Worship implies homage usually expressed in words or ceremony ("he worships their memory"). Adore implies love and stresses the notion of an individual and personal attachment ("we adored our doctor"). Venerate, incidentally, traces back to the Latin verb venerari, from vener-, meaning "love" or "charm."
Origin and Etymology of venerate
First Known Use: circa 1623See Words from the same year
Synonymsadore, deify, glorify, revere, reverence, worship
Related Wordsadmire, honor, love, regard, respect; apotheosize, canonize, dignify, exalt, lionize, magnify; extol (also extoll), laud, praise; delight, gratify, please, satisfy
Near Antonymsblaspheme, desecrate, profane, violate; affront, dishonor, disrespect, insult, offend, outrage, pique, ridicule, scorn, slight; displease; defame, disparage, libel, malign, slander, slur, smear
Synonym Discussion of venerate
- a professor revered by her students
- reverenced the academy's code of honor
- heroes still venerated
- worships their memory
- we adored our doctor
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