To regard or treat with deep respect, reverence or awe.


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Part of Speech



Adore, revere, honor, worship, respect, esteem, idolize, glorify


Despise, ridicule, scorn, disrespect, abhor

Word Forms

Part of Speech Words
Noun venerations, venerator, venerators, veneration
Verb venerate, venerated, venerates, venerating
Adjective None
Adverb None

Example Sentences

  • The citizens of the small town venerate their founder, erecting a statue in his honor in the town square.

  • He was venerated as a prophet by his followers and many people made pilgrimages to visit his tomb.

  • The ancient Egyptians venerated the pharaohs as gods and believed they could communicate with the dead through their priests.

  • In many cultures, the elderly are venerated for their wisdom and life experience.


The word “venerate” comes from the Latin word “venerari,” which means “to worship or revere.” It is often used to describe a deep respect or admiration for someone or something that is considered important, holy, or deserving of reverence.

One way “venerate” is used is to describe the act of showing reverence or worship towards a religious figure or object. For example, people may venerate saints, relics, or sacred texts. In some cultures, certain animals, trees or natural features are also venerated as being sacred.

“Venerate” can also be used more generally to describe respect or admiration for someone who is highly regarded in a particular field or for their achievements, such as a respected teacher, artist, or political leader. It can also be used to describe the respect and admiration given to the elderly or ancestors.

In some cases, the act of venerating can lead to the creation of religious or cultural customs and traditions that reflect the deep respect and reverence that people hold for the person or object being venerated. In many cases, these customs and traditions can become an important part of a community’s identity and history.