Ven`er*a"tion (?), n. [L. veneratio: cf. F. v'en'eration.]
The act of venerating, or the state of being venerated; the highest degree of respect and reverence; respect mingled with awe; a feeling or sentimental 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 regular and illustrious course of virtue.
Syn. -- Awe; reverence; respect. See Reverence.
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