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ven·er·a·ble

 (vĕn′ər-ə-bəl)
adj.
1. Commanding respect by virtue of age, dignity, character, or position.
2. Worthy of reverence, especially by religious or historical association: venerable relics.
3. Venerable Abbr. Ven. or V.
a. Roman Catholic Church Used as a title for a person who has reached the first stage of canonization.
b. Used as a form of address for an archdeacon in the Anglican Church or the Episcopal Church.

ven′er·a·ble·ness, ven′er·a·bil′i·ty n.
ven′er·a·bly adv.

venerable

(ˈvɛnərəbəl)
adj
1. (esp of a person) worthy of reverence on account of great age, religious associations, character, position, etc
2. (of inanimate objects) hallowed or impressive on account of historical or religious association
3. ancient: venerable tomes.
4. (Ecclesiastical Terms) RC Church a title bestowed on a deceased person when the first stage of his canonization has been accomplished and his holiness has been recognized in a decree of the official Church
5. (Ecclesiastical Terms) Church of England a title given to an archdeacon
[C15: from Latin venerābilis, from venerārī to venerate]
ˌveneraˈbility, ˈvenerableness n
ˈvenerably adv

ven•er•a•ble

(ˈvɛn ər ə bəl)

adj.
1. worthy of respect or reverence, as because of great age, high office, or noble character.
2. a title given to an Anglican archdeacon, or to a person proclaimed by the Roman Catholic Church to have attained the first degree of sanctity.
3. hallowed by religious, historic, or other lofty associations: the venerable halls of the abbey.
n.
4. a venerable person.
[1400–50; late Middle English < Latin venerābilis=venerā(rī) to venerate + -bilis -ble]
ven`er•a•bil′i•ty, ven′er•a•ble•ness, n.
ven′er•a•bly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.venerable - impressive by reason of agevenerable - impressive by reason of age; "a venerable sage with white hair and beard"
old - (used especially of persons) having lived for a relatively long time or attained a specific age; "his mother is very old"; "a ripe old age"; "how old are you?"
2.venerable - profoundly honoredvenerable - profoundly honored; "revered holy men"
honourable, honorable - worthy of being honored; entitled to honor and respect; "an honorable man"; "led an honorable life"; "honorable service to his country"

venerable

adjective respected, august, sage, revered, honoured, wise, esteemed, reverenced a venerable old man with white hair

venerable

adjective
Belonging to, existing, or occurring in times long past:
Translations
مُوَقَّر، جَليل، مُحْتَرَم
ctihodný
ærværdig
virîulegur, æruverîugur

venerable

[ˈvenərəbl] ADJvenerable

venerable

[ˈvɛnərəbəl] adjvénérable

venerable

adjehrwürdig

venerable

[ˈvɛnrəbl] adjvenerabile; (old man, appearance) → venerando/a

venerate

(ˈvenəreit) verb
to respect; to honour greatly. In some countries, old people are venerated more than in others.
ˈvenerable adjective
worthy of great respect because of age or for special goodness. a venerable old man.
ˌveneˈration noun
His pupils regarded him with veneration.
References in classic literature ?
A very merry lunch it was, for everything seemed fresh and funny, and frequent peals of laughter startled a venerable horse who fed near by.
Grandfather merely put his finger-tips to his brow and bowed his venerable head, thus Protestantizing the atmosphere.
David, though he regarded his treasure with longing eyes, was constrained to answer, especially as the venerable father took a part in the interrogatories, with an interest too imposing to be denied.
At a vast distance I beheld the mountains lift their venerable brows, and penetrate the clouds.
The aspect of the venerable mansion has always affected me like a human countenance, bearing the traces not merely of outward storm and sunshine, but expressive also, of the long lapse of mortal life, and accompanying vicissitudes that have passed within.
More frequently, however, on ascending the steps, you would discern -- in the entry if it were summer time, or in their appropriate rooms if wintry or inclement weathers row of venerable figures, sitting in old-fashioned chairs, which were tipped on their hind legs back against the wall.
I had not been seated very long ere a man of a certain venerable robustness entered; immediately as the storm-pelted door flew back upon admitting him, a quick regardful eyeing of him by all the congregation, sufficiently attested that this fine old man was the chaplain.
Speak, thou vast and venerable head, muttered Ahab, which, though ungarnished with a beard, yet here and there lookest hoary with mosses; speak, mighty head, and tell us the secret thing that is in thee.
We were approaching a castle which stood on high ground; a huge, strong, venerable structure, whose gray towers and battlements were charmingly draped with ivy, and whose whole majestic mass was drenched with splendors flung from the sinking sun.
We reached Wimpfen--I think it was Wimpfen--in about three hours, and got out, not the least tired; found a good hotel and ordered beer and dinner--then took a stroll through the venerable old village.
Petersburg could boast; the bent and venerable Major and Mrs.
In the place of honour sat a tall, grave man whose long white beard gave him a venerable air.