venerability


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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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.venerability - the quality of deserving veneration
honorableness, honourableness - the quality of deserving honor or respect; characterized by honor
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Regarding denial of bail, the judge said it was because of the venerability of some witnesses, coupled with the unresolved question of Mr Nelson Njiru, who is a fugitive in the case.
36) Self-consciously, each of these phrases picks up on Jonson's familiar description of Penshurst as an "ancient pile," but in such a way as to shake off the associations it comes with: for Jonson's "ancient," they substitute new modifying adjectives that privilege physical magnitude and grandeur above the old values of venerability and modesty, using allusion to establish distance rather than recall similarity.
78) In other words, despite the "veil of familiar venerability," (79) the biblical narratives are inherently ambiguous to the point where it is less and less justified to speak about its hypothetical original meaning.
Herder's 1804 characterization of the Jews as a "foreign Asiatic people"; but, having established the venerability of Jewish orientalization, Scherer immediately returns to exclusive focus on the use of "Oriental" in that and all subsequent sources.
Inspired by Tasso's Jerusalem Delivered and, as that title suggests, set against the Christian and Moslem conflict of the First Crusade, Armide, for all its venerability, resonates thematically in today's world, with the combination of Gerard Gauci's sets, Dora Rust D'Eye's sumptuous costumes, Marshall Pynkoski's direction and Jeannette Zingg's choreography achieving a unity of effect impressive even by international standards.
The "picturesque," somewhat easier to find, at least in Britain and the eastern United States, was characterized by variety, venerability, and irregular forms.
IT is amazing how time and age can confer venerability upon institutions and events.
Far and in between, you find neat patches of bright green spinach and flush-red tomatoes, their lush colours and youthfulness a stark departure from the tortured venerability of the olive trees.
As with Jeffrey Skidmore's Ex Cathedra, many of the vocal solos were taken by choir members, but unlike with that group of nearly half a century of venerability, success here was mixed, some of the soloists uncomfortable in various parts of their register.
It was useless to complain because those responsible take the conviction of the venerability of the dead together with them into the beyond and uphold it ten times as much from there" (Diaries 17).
Israel displayed no civilised restraint in their obsession to be rid of the symbol of their venerability and duplicity.
Such venerability of the nation could not be redeemed unless women recognize and perform their cultural identity accordingly.