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  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Venerant (rare) reverent
    • ***


  • Marcus T. Cicero
    “Nothing is more noble, nothing more venerable than fidelity. Faithfulness and truth are the most sacred excellences and endowments of the human mind.”
  • Karl Kraus
    “Morality is a venereal disease. Its primary stage is called virtue; its secondary stage, boredom; its tertiary stage, syphilis.”
  • George Jean Nathan
    “Patriotism is a arbitrary veneration of real estate above principles.”
  • Charles Baudelaire
    “We all have the republican spirit in our veins, like syphilis in our bones. We are democratized and venerealized.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. venerāri, -ātus.


In literature:

By instinct, the Emperor knew that the venerable personage before him was as much a monarch afloat as he himself was ashore.
"White Jacket" by Herman Melville
A humor has come over me, and I would crave your pardon, venerable noble, for the freedom.
"The Headsman" by James Fenimore Cooper
My veneration was excited for Mr. Clare, and my applause for the intrepidity of Mrs. Hammond.
"Caleb Williams" by William Godwin
The venerable orator folded his arms and waited for the noise in the Chamber to cease.
"The Torrent" by Vicente Blasco Ibañez
He has withal the gravest Aspect; something so very venerable and great!
"The Spectator, Volumes 1, 2 and 3" by Joseph Addison and Richard Steele
If the head inclines toward the interlocutor, it is veneration, an act of faith in the object we love.
"Delsarte System of Oratory" by Various
At that moment the door opened, and the venerable form of Myndert Van Quintem appeared before them.
"Round the Block" by John Bell Bouton
Let us venerate things as they are.
"The Man Who Laughs" by Victor Hugo
The children recognized their venerable sire with great delight.
"Yesterdays with Authors" by James T. Fields
Venerable men and women are seen here and there.
"The Young Captives" by Erasmus W. Jones
Together with their wives they venerated the venerable one.
"Sacred Books of the East" by Various
No saint is held, even now, in higher veneration by the French Catholic.
"A Short History of Monks and Monasteries" by Alfred Wesley Wishart
Experience teaches us that those can best hold their heads erect who have learned to venerate where veneration is due.
"The Way of Initiation" by Rudolf Steiner
These venerable men were seated on each side of the President von Gerlache.
"The Catholic World. Volume II; Numbers 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12." by E. Rameur
Stephanette shared the veneration that the watchman on the cape of l'Aigle inspired among the inhabitants of the neighbourhood.
"The Knight of Malta" by Eugene Sue
His family mansion is an old castellated manor-house, gray with age, and of a most venerable, though weather-beaten appearance.
"The Oxford Book of American Essays" by Various
There were some sunken, worn, mossy stones, which bore venerable pilgrims' names and pious inscriptions.
"Retrospect of Western Travel, Volume II (of 2)" by Harriet Martineau
I venerate the saints who have achieved perfection.
"The Contemporary Review, Volume 36, December 1879" by Various
It was no longer alone the veneration for a father that kept the son in Yorktown.
"The Life of John Marshall (Volume 1 of 4)" by Albert J. Beveridge
I venerate her, but you, Louise, you I love!
"The Catholic World. Volume III; Numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6." by E. Rameur

In poetry:

Welcome, thrice venerable sage! approach.
Art thou that Daniel whom my great forefather
Brought hither with the captive tribes of Judah?
"Belshazzar. A Sacred Drama" by Hannah More
Where is he? Where is Daniel? Let me see him!
Let me embrace that venerable form,
Which I have doom'd to glut the greedy maw
Of furious lions!
"Daniel. A Sacred Drama" by Hannah More
Moss-grown, and venerable it stands,
From the way-side dust and noise aloof,
And the great elms stretch their sheltering hands
To bless its grey old roof.
"The Old Church on the Hill" by Kate Seymour Maclean
How little is there on the earth
That I at length can venerate?
I see at most one world-wide dearth
Of wisdom free,
True piety,
Of noble love, of honest hate.
"Finality" by Charles Harpur
Venerable elder, rise
From the ground; thy very presence
Gives me joy, a certain instinct
Even at sight of thee doth tell me
Thou alone canst save my son.
"The Purgatory Of St. Patrick - Act II" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
Outside your window, venerable with light
The transient dusk, whose tale is never ended,
Paused in a foreigner pausing, used to night
Yet one lamp vicariously befriended.
"A Refugee" by Lilian Bowes Lyon

In news:

This venerable brand has been through a lot and earned its place in computing history and the future.
Professor seeks non-destructive dating of venerated, controversial cloth.
On Thursday night Van Halen took to the stage of the venerable Cafe Wha .
A venerable chain of diners founded in Bloomington Normal is headed to the Mideast.
The latest version of Adobe 's top-selling consumer photo-editing program, Photoshop Elements 11, builds on and polishes rather than overhauls this venerable application.
Microsoft's venerable Hotmail service was recently upgraded to the delightful
The venerable horse race goes back to 1875, has never missed a year in racing and is known as the most exciting and fastest two minutes in all of sports.
Crash course from venerable Champ Bailey might buoy Broncos' young DBs.
In fact the venerable brand, which has a history stretching back to 1930, has just been shuttered by a labor dispute.
The best argument against democracy, the great and venerable Churchill once pronounced, is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.
Another tale of corporate woe is unfolding at Hewlett-Packard, the venerable technology company founded in a Palo Alto, Calif, garage that put Silicon Valley on the map.
Instruments destined for the venerable space telescope could form the basis for its replacement .
Playhouse keeps venerable tradition alive.
Frontman Zach Rogue 's 2003 solo effort earned him a record deal with venerable indie label Sub Pop.
Director Jane Falion says the venerable musical is the perfect show for Summer Circle Theatre.

In science:

Hill and Scott’s (2009) informative commentary raises the venerable contrast between model-free and model-based estimators, to which we offer four points.
Rejoinder: Matched Pairs and the Future of Cluster-Randomized Experiments
The venerable tradition of trying to express scientific theories in terms of logic and set theory, as is evident in Quine [Quine, 1975] among others, is rather remote from the language of contemporary physics [Ladyman et al., 2007].
Empirical Equivalence, Artificial Gauge Freedom and a Generalized Kretschmann Objection
Here we present an analysis of the apsidal motion of V578 Mon using the state-of-the-art EB modeling software phoebe (Prˇsa & Zwitter 2005), which updates and extends the venerable Wilson-Devinney code (Wilson & Devinney 1971; Wilson 1979).
Apsidal Motion of the Massive, Benchmark Eclipsing Binary V578 Mon
A venerable principle holds that the Fourier transform of a measure is “small” in a meaningful sense when linear structure is absent, in certain circumstances.
On random multilinear operator inequalities
Indeed, the venerable Astrophysical Journal (ApJ) itself is sometimes described as having been born in order to communicate the new scientific insights that were forming in the wake of the invention of spectroscopy (Osterbrock 1995).
Fully Digital: Policy and Process Implications for the AAS
It should also be mentioned here that the use of boundary theory has a venerable tradition in connection with random walks; see [KV83] and [Woe00].
Search trees: Metric aspects and strong limit theorems
Disentangling the effects of metallicity and reddening has a venerable history (Feast 1991).
The effect of metallicity on the Cepheid distance scale and its implications for the Hubble constant ($H_0$) determination
Known as capillary waves, these fluctuations have a venerable history.
Driven Diffusive Systems: An Introduction and Recent Developments
In spite of these remarks, the value of any new method for studying such a venerable body of knowledge as trigonometry could be considered with some scepticism, especially if this method were only applicable to the family of spaces we have discussed in this paper.
Trigonometry of spacetimes: a new self-dual approach to a curvature/signature (in)dependent trigonometry
There are excellent articles reviewing the model – Smak (1984c), Cannizzo (1993a) and Osaki (1996) to mention only a few – so writing a new review on this venerable and well reviewed sub ject requires a good reason.
The disc instability model of dwarf-novae and low-mass X-ray binary transients
The study of the baryon spectrum is a venerable art .
Boundary of Nuclear Physics and QCD
In the lower energy arena, we are again demonstrating the ability of the field to maximize the exploitation of its investments, no matter how venerable.
XXXVIIi\'eme Rencontres de Moriond: Electroweak 2002 Conference Summary
Even the venerable field of cosmic ray physics may be on the threshold of becoming cosmic ray astronomy.
The Phenomena of High Energy Astrophysics
In a venerable paper, Hamada & Salpeter (1961) first employed an equation-of-state (EOS) including coulomb “corrections” to the pressure and energy of a degenerate Fermi gas (Salpeter 1961) to calculate the mass-radius-central density relations for models composed of helium through iron.
Analysis of a Very Massive DA White Dwarf via the Trigonometric Parallax and Spectroscopic Methods
Stay tuned to see whether this venerable problem finds a resolution soon.
Quark Matter 2005 -- Theoretical Summary