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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 ?
His predecessor under the old charter, Bradstreet, a venerable companion of the first settlers, was known to be in town.
Here they found about twelve families living together, under the patriarchal sway of an ancient and venerable chief.
We have come to think of Venerable as meaning very old.
Convinced that I could not be mistaken in my conjecture I instantly sprang from the Carriage I had just entered, and following the Venerable Stranger into the Room he had been shewn to, I threw myself on my knees before him and besought him to acknowledge me as his Grand Child.
IN the spring of the year eighteen hundred and sixty-eight there lived, in a certain county of North Britain, two venerable White Owls.
At Anna Pavlovna's on the twenty-sixth of August, the very day of the battle of Borodino, there was a soiree, the chief feature of which was to be the reading of a letter from His Lordship the Bishop when sending the Emperor an icon of the Venerable Sergius.
We regret to announce that this venerable lady was seized with an alarming illness on Saturday last, at her mansion in town.
Nay, venerable hunter, still am I not comprehended.
Governor Bradstreet was a venerable old man, nearly ninety years of age," said Grandfather.
Manson Mingott's to receive that venerable ancestress's blessing.
I was greatly surprised to see so many elderly people--I might almost say, so many venerable people.
thou venerable one," said he then, "what a fine and long hand