Ven·er·a·tion n. The act of venerating, or the state of being venerated; the highest degree of respect and reverence; respect mingled with awe; a feeling or sentiment excited by the dignity, wisdom, or superiority of a person, by sacredness of character, by consecration to sacred services, or by hallowed associations.
We find a secret awe and veneration for one who moves about us in a regular and illustrious course of virtue. --Addison.
Syn: -- Awe; reverence; respect. See Reverence.
n 1: a profound emotion inspired by a deity; "the fear of God"
[syn: fear, reverence, awe]
2: religious zeal; willingness to serve God [syn: idolatry, devotion,