Definition of


  1. (noun, feeling) a feeling of profound respect for someone or something
    the Chinese reverence for the dead
    the French treat food with gentle reverence
    his respect for the law bordered on veneration
  2. (noun, act) religious zeal; the willingness to serve God

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Synonyms of Veneration

awe, cultism, devotion, fear, idolatry, reverence

Origin of the word Veneration

  1. early 15c., from M.Fr. veneration, from L. venerationem (nom. veneratio) "reverence," from venerari "to worship, revere," from venus (gen. veneris) "beauty, love, desire" (see Venus). more

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