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Definition respected (worthy of respect) — typically because of age or position

Much more rarely, venerable can be used as a specific religious title whose exact meaning depends upon the religious denomination, but when given, is only to a small number or people who are exceptionally respected and admired.
  • They looked to the venerable old woman for advice.
venerable = respected
  • Many were surprised that a venerable institution like Bear Stearns could so rapidly go out of business.
  • venerable = long respected
  • The venerable heads of the party were at a loss in the new politics.
  • venerable = long respected
  • ...the Reverend Mr. Dimmesdale turned to the dignified and venerable rulers;
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • venerable = respected
  • The Maycomb jail was the most venerable and hideous of the county's buildings.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • venerable = respected
  • I pray you, my venerable brother, let not this thing be!
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Minister's Black Veil
  • venerable = respected
  • Good old Deacon Gookin had arrived, and waited at the skirts of that venerable saint, his revered pastor.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  Young Goodman Brown
  • venerable = respected
  • He filled Rainsford's glass with venerable Chablis from a dusty bottle.
    Richard Connell  --  The Most Dangerous Game
  • venerable = excellent (worthy of respect and admiration)
  • My son, by all means desist from kicking the venerable and enlightened Vizier:
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Horse and His Boy
  • venerable = respected (or honorable)
  • How old, would you think, is our oldest Samana, our venerable teacher?
    Hermann Hesse  --  Siddhartha
  • venerable = respected
  • He was as noble and as fair in face as an elf-lord, as strong as a warrior, as wise as a wizard, as venerable as a king of dwarves, and as kind as summer.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Hobbit
  • venerable = respected (worthy of respect)
  • the exterior, through the lapse of years, might have been adding venerableness to its original beauty, and thus giving that impression of permanence which I consider essential to the happiness of any one moment.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • venerableness = worthiness of respect and admiration (coming from age)
    (Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means the quality of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
  • I must plead guilty to the charge of abbreviating the official breath of more than one of these venerable servants of the republic.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • venerable = respected
  • The venerable Father Wilson continued to step slowly onward, looking carefully at the muddy pathway before his feet, and never once turning his head towards the guilty platform.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • venerable = respected
  • The new abode of the two friends was with a pious widow, of good social rank, who dwelt in a house covering pretty nearly the site on which the venerable structure of King's Chapel has since been built.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • venerable = respected
  • One of his clerical brethren—it was the venerable John Wilson—observing the state in which Mr. Dimmesdale was left by the retiring wave of intellect and sensibility, stepped forward hastily to offer his support.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • venerable = respected
  • It was well for their venerable brotherhood that the new Surveyor was not a politician, and though a faithful Democrat in principle, neither received nor held his office with any reference to political services.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • venerable = long respected
  • Sometimes the red infamy upon her breast would give a sympathetic throb, as she passed near a venerable minister or magistrate, the model of piety and justice, to whom that age of antique reverence looked up, as to a mortal man in fellowship with angels.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • venerable = respected
  • He, moving proudly past, enveloped as it were, in the rich music, with the procession of majestic and venerable fathers; he, so unattainable in his worldly position, and still more so in that far vista of his unsympathizing thoughts, through which she now beheld him!
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • venerable = respected
  • Might it not, in the tedious lapse of official life that lay before me, finally be with me as it was with this venerable friend—to make the dinner-hour the nucleus of the day, and to spend the rest of it, as an old dog spends it, asleep in the sunshine or in the shade?
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
venerable = elderly and respected

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