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American Dictionary of the English Language

Webster's Dictionary 1828

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Venerable


VEN'ERABLE, adjective [Latin venerabilis, from veneror, to honor, to worship.]

1. Worthy of veneration or reverence; deserving of honor and respect; as a venerable magistrate; a venerable parent.

2. Rendered sacred by religious associations, or being consecrated to God and to his worship; to be regarded with awe and treated with reverence; as the venerable walls of a temple or church.

The places where saints have suffered for the testimony of Christ - rendered venerable by their death.