Definition of venerable in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈven(ə)rəb(ə)l/


1Accorded a great deal of respect, especially because of age, wisdom, or character: a venerable statesman
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  • This last factor will weigh particularly heavily with Egypt's Mubarak, now the venerable elder statesman of the Arab world.
  • The venerable A-level celebrates its 54th birthday this year.
  • Rather than impose preconceived plans on a venerable company with a distinct culture, he's going to listen first.
respected, venerated, revered, honored, esteemed, hallowed, august, distinguished, eminent, great, grand
1.1(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.
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  • By then, the venerable Ron Newman had given way to former U.S. national team coach Bob Gansler, but the Wizards woes continued.
  • Lee Petty, the venerable patriarch, died on April 5 at age 86 of complications from a stomach aneurysm.
  • The first stage is where a person is declared a Servant of God, the next is where the Church declares a person venerable.
1.2(In the Anglican Church) a title given to an archdeacon.
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  • The nuptial ceremony was performed by the venerable archdeacon John Murray assisted by Dean Timothy O'Connor PP.
  • The venerable church father approached the Bible as if he were sitting down to a beautifully presented, sumptuous banquet feast.
  • Leading the charge against Graham was none other than Reinhold Niebuhr, the venerable professor at Union Theological Seminary in New York City.



Pronunciation: /ˌvenərəˈbilətē/
Example sentences
  • I mean such things as nobility, venerability, solemnity.
  • However, the concept's very venerability has also generated arguments that criticism should move beyond it - or that literature already has.
  • Hayek wanted to provide a reason for respecting traditions that went beyond acceptance of them merely on account of their Burkean venerability.


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  • The ages of these veterans ranged from fifty-nine up to the patriarchal venerableness of nearly ninety.
  • And about its simplicity, majesty, gravity, harmony, and venerableness, there can be but one opinion.
  • History has neither the venerableness of antiquity, nor the freshness of the modern.


Pronunciation: /-blē/
Example sentences
  • Born in 1961, Unsuk Chin is a relative youngster compared to Boulez, who is now (venerably) in his eighties.
  • While it won't suit every need for recording guitar in my home studio, it performs venerably in most cases.
  • In fact there is no other handy appellation that so venerably distinguishes a birthday.


Late Middle English: from Old French, or from Latin venerabilis, from the verb venerari (see venerate).

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Syllabification: ven·er·a·ble

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