Word of the Day – Venerate

Word of the Day : December 17, 2021


verb VEN-uh-rayt

What It Means

Venerate means “to feel or show deep respect and honor for someone or something.”

// Volunteers of the Peace Corps are venerated for their selfless dedication and contributions.

See the entry >


“But for those of us who venerate the written word, … a lost book is not an insignificant item gone astray…. Its value comes from the story and who we were and what we learned when we first encountered it.” — Ana Veciana-Suarez, The Miami Herald, 8 Sept. 2021

Did You Know?

Venerate comes from the Latin root venerārī, which has the various meanings of “to solicit the good will of,” “to worship,” “to pay homage to,” and “to hold in awe.”  That root is related to Venus, which, as a proper noun, is the name of the Roman goddess of love and beauty.