One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Accorded a great deal of respect, especially because of age, wisdom, or character.‘a venerable statesman’
respected, venerated, revered, reverenced, worshipped, honoured, esteemed, hallowed, august, distinguished, acclaimed, celebrated, lionizedView synonyms
- ‘This last factor will weigh particularly heavily with Egypt's Mubarak, now the venerable elder statesman of the Arab world.’
- ‘The police are also rediscovering the benefits of some of our more venerable instruments.’
- ‘In fact, Eminem seems constitutionally incapable of partaking in hip-hop's most venerable traditions.’
- ‘The thought of making money at the expense of these venerable institutions was hugely tempting.’
- ‘Yes, I did that venerable one a favor; I did what nobody else would.’
- ‘I wait to see whether an even more venerable Caledonian diver will now come forward.’
- ‘Perhaps the most venerable and prestigious general scientific journal in the world is Nature.’
- ‘But when that venerable team melted into the sunset, normal service was resumed.’
- ‘Eugene, you are from the venerable Catholic tradition, which of course has been around a long time.’
- ‘The venerable A-level celebrates its 54th birthday this year.’
- ‘They don't have the venerable institutions and structures of the two big parties.’
- ‘The venerable Sir Walter Scott, who self-consciously wrote romances, criticized Jane Austen for not being romantic enough.’
- ‘All of these are venerable human institutions that we recently decided to change.’
- ‘Rather than impose preconceived plans on a venerable company with a distinct culture, he's going to listen first.’
- ‘He was also acutely aware of being part a long and venerable exegetical tradition.’
- ‘Sendmail is one of the most venerable internet software packages still in widespread use.’
- ‘There is also a long and venerable family tradition of building and constructing.’
- ‘It was a wonderful afternoon, all of us upstarts, edgy and feisty, garnering the imprimatur of the venerable professor.’
- 1.1 (in the Anglican Church) a title given to an archdeacon.
- ‘The venerable church father approached the Bible as if he were sitting down to a beautifully presented, sumptuous banquet feast.’
- ‘The venerable abbot is himself a traitor, while Fan Dabei, the drunken beggar, turns out to be a warrior with a mission.’
- ‘Leading the charge against Graham was none other than Reinhold Niebuhr, the venerable professor at Union Theological Seminary in New York City.’
- ‘The nuptial ceremony was performed by the venerable archdeacon John Murray assisted by Dean Timothy O'Connor PP.’
- ‘For example, the venerable Everett Ferguson writes on ordination and the authority of the congregation in the early church.’
- 1.2 (in the Roman Catholic Church) a title given to a deceased person who has attained a certain degree of sanctity but has not been fully beatified or canonized.
- ‘The first stage is where a person is declared a Servant of God, the next is where the Church declares a person venerable.’
- ‘Lee Petty, the venerable patriarch, died on April 5 at age 86 of complications from a stomach aneurysm.’
- ‘By then, the venerable Ron Newman had given way to former U.S. national team coach Bob Gansler, but the Wizards woes continued.’
Late Middle English: from Old French, or from Latin venerabilis, from the verb venerari (see venerate).
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