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venerable
used in Tess of the d'Urbervilles

3 uses
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Definition
respected (worthy of respect) — typically because of age or position
  • Evidently some dim knowledge of it has been brought back to your mind by the sight of this venerable caravan.
    4 — The Consequence (84% in)
  • Far behind the corner of the house—which rose like a geranium bloom against the subdued colours around—stretched the soft azure landscape of The Chase—a truly venerable tract of forest land, one of the few remaining woodlands in England of undoubted primaeval date, wherein Druidical mistletoe was still found on aged oaks, and where enormous yew-trees, not planted by the hand of man grew as they had grown when they were pollarded for bows.
    1 — The Maiden (45% in)
  • The postilion was a venerable "boy" of sixty—a martyr to rheumatic gout, the result of excessive exposure in youth, counter-acted by strong liquors—who had stood at inn-doors doing nothing for the whole five-and-twenty years that had elapsed since he had no longer been required to ride professionally, as if expecting the old times to come back again.
    4 — The Consequence (81% in)

There are no more uses of "venerable" in Tess of the d'Urbervilles.

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