October 14, 2011
venerate (verb)
\VEN-uh-rayt\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: to show deep respect for
How do you use it?
He venerated his grandfather and hoped to be just like him one day.
Are you a word wiz?

"Venerate" is a fine old word with a distinguished root word: the Latin "venus." What do you think "venus" means?

You made a respectable choice if you chose A. "Venerate" comes to us ultimately from the Latin word "venus," meaning "to love" or "to charm." "Venus" gave rise to the verb "venerari," meaning "to respect or revere, to love," and "venerate" comes from the past participle of this verb. The root word also gave rise to other English words, including, ironically, the word "venom." But it is most famously the name of Venus, the Roman goddess of beauty and, naturally, love.
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