From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Veneration \Ven`er*a"tion\, n. [L. veneratio: cf. F.
   The act of venerating, or the state of being venerated; the
   highest degree of respect and reverence; respect mingled with
   awe; a feeling or sentiment excited by the dignity, wisdom,
   or superiority of a person, by sacredness of character, by
   consecration to sacred services, or by hallowed associations.
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         We find a secret awe and veneration for one who moves
         about us in a regular and illustrious course of virtue.
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   Syn: Awe; reverence; respect. See Reverence.
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