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venerable
used in The House of the Seven Gables

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Definition
respected (worthy of respect) — typically because of age or position
  • 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.
    Chapter 21 — The Departure (56% in)
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.)
  • The personages of the tale—though they give themselves out to be of ancient stability and considerable prominence—are really of the author's own making, or at all events, of his own mixing; their virtues can shed no lustre, nor their defects redound, in the remotest degree, to the discredit of the venerable town of which they profess to be inhabitants.
    Preface (93% in)
  • The aspect of the venerable mansion has always affected me like a human countenance, bearing the traces not merely of outward storm and sunshine, but expressive also, of the long lapse of mortal life, and accompanying vicissitudes that have passed within.
    Chapter 1 — The Old Pyncheon Family (1% in)
  • Velvet garments sombre but rich, stiffly plaited ruffs and bands, embroidered gloves, venerable beards, the mien and countenance of authority, made it easy to distinguish the gentleman of worship, at that period, from the tradesman, with his plodding air, or the laborer, in his leathern jerkin, stealing awe-stricken into the house which he had perhaps helped to build.
    Chapter 1 — The Old Pyncheon Family (30% in)
  • We have already hinted that it is not our purpose to trace down the history of the Pyncheon family, in its unbroken connection with the House of the Seven Gables; nor to show, as in a magic picture, how the rustiness and infirmity of age gathered over the venerable house itself.
    Chapter 1 — The Old Pyncheon Family (62% in)
  • The street in which it upreared its venerable peaks has long ceased to be a fashionable quarter of the town; so that, though the old edifice was surrounded by habitations of modern date, they were mostly small, built entirely of wood, and typical of the most plodding uniformity of common life.
    Chapter 1 — The Old Pyncheon Family (88% in)
  • But now, in his extreme old age,—whether it were that his long and hard experience had actually brightened him, or that his decaying judgment rendered him less capable of fairly measuring himself,—the venerable man made pretensions to no little wisdom, and really enjoyed the credit of it.
    Chapter 4 — A Day Behind the Counter (39% in)
  • Hepzibah fancied that there was something peculiar in her venerable friend's look and tone; insomuch, that she gazed into his face with considerable earnestness, endeavoring to discover what secret meaning, if any, might be lurking there.
    Chapter 4 — A Day Behind the Counter (60% in)
  • "I don't believe there ever was," answered the venerable man.
    Chapter 5 — May and November (79% in)
  • The chicken, hereupon, though almost as venerable in appearance as its mother—possessing, indeed, the whole antiquity of its progenitors in miniature,—mustered vivacity enough to flutter upward and alight on Phoebe's shoulder.
    Chapter 6 — Maule's Well (35% in)
  • Those venerable personages in the coop, too, seem very affably disposed.
    Chapter 6 — Maule's Well (39% in)
  • The other, we are almost ashamed to say, was the venerable Uncle Venner, in a clean shirt, and a broadcloth coat, more respectable than his ordinary wear, inasmuch as it was neatly patched on each elbow, and might be called an entire garment, except for a slight inequality in the length of its skirts.
    Chapter 10 — The Pyncheon Garden (74% in)
  • He could talk sagely about the world's old age, but never actually believed what he said; he was a young man still, and therefore looked upon the world—that gray-bearded and wrinkled profligate, decrepit, without being venerable—as a tender stripling, capable of being improved into all that it ought to be, but scarcely yet had shown the remotest promise of becoming.
    Chapter 12 — The Daguerreotypist (47% in)
  • She called Chanticleer, his two wives, and the venerable chicken, and threw them some crumbs of bread from the breakfast-table.
    Chapter 14 — Phoebe's Good-Bye (77% in)
  • What a treasure-trove to these venerable quidnuncs, could they have guessed the secret which Hepzibah and Clifford were carrying along with them!
    Chapter 17 — The Flight of Two Owls (13% in)
  • Farther off was a farm-house, in the old style, as venerably black as the church, with a roof sloping downward from the three-story peak, to within a man's height of the ground.
    Chapter 17 — The Flight of Two Owls (95% in)
  • To him, and to the venerable House of the Seven Gables, does our story now betake itself, like an owl, bewildered in the daylight, and hastening back to his hollow tree.
    Chapter 18 — Governor Pyncheon (1% in)
  • So little faith is due to external appearance, that there was really an inviting aspect over the venerable edifice, conveying an idea that its history must be a decorous and happy one, and such as would be delightful for a fireside tale.
    Chapter 19 — Alice's Posies (7% in)

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