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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Veneration \Ven`er*a"tion\, n. [L. veneratio: cf. F. v['e]n['e]ration.] 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. [1913 Webster] We find a secret awe and veneration for one who moves about us in a regular and illustrious course of virtue. --Addison. [1913 Webster] Syn: Awe; reverence; respect. See Reverence. [1913 Webster]