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venerable

[ven-er-uh-buh l] /ˈvɛn ər ə bəl/
adjective
1.
commanding respect because of great age or impressive dignity; worthy of veneration or reverence, as because of high office or noble character:
a venerable member of Congress.
2.
a title for someone proclaimed by the Roman Catholic Church to have attained the first degree of sanctity or of an Anglican archdeacon.
3.
(of places, buildings, etc.) hallowed by religious, historic, or other lofty associations:
the venerable halls of the abbey.
4.
impressive or interesting because of age, antique appearance, etc.:
a venerable oak tree.
5.
extremely old or obsolete; ancient:
a venerable automobile.
noun
6.
a venerable person.
Origin of venerable
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin venerābilis, equivalent to venerā() to venerate + -bilis -ble
Related forms
venerability, venerableness, noun
venerably, adverb
quasi-venerable, adjective
quasi-venerably, adverb
unvenerability, noun
unvenerable, adjective
unvenerableness, noun
unvenerably, adverb
Can be confused
venerable, vulnerable.
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  • A saffron-coloured mantle and a richly embroidered Median vest glittered on the person of the venerable Artaphernes.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • The venerable Persian gazed at her for an instant, and then clasped her to his bosom.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • The Prince of Slavna held the venerable office, and had been to Court in the dress appropriate to it.

    Sophy of Kravonia Anthony Hope
  • It is a venerable chestnut, and known as "the father of the forest."

    The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook
  • It was, therefore, fatal to many of the most venerable fanes and trophies of the earlier ages.

British Dictionary definitions for venerable

venerable

/ˈvɛnərəbəl/
adjective
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.
(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.
(Church of England) a title given to an archdeacon
Derived Forms
venerability, venerableness, noun
venerably, adverb
Word Origin
C15: from Latin venerābilis, from venerārī to venerate
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Word Origin and History for venerable
adj.

early 15c., from Latin venerabilis, from venerari "to worship, revere" (see veneration). As a title, used in reference to ecclesiastics or those who had obtained the first degree of canonization.

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