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veneration (n.)

early 15c., from Old French veneracion, from Latin venerationem (nominative veneratio) "reverence, profoundest respect," noun of action from past participle stem of venerari "to worship, revere," from venus (genitive veneris) "beauty, love, desire" (from PIE root *wen- (1) "to desire, strive for").

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Definitions of veneration from WordNet

veneration (n.)
a feeling of profound respect for someone or something;
his respect for the law bordered on veneration
Synonyms: fear / reverence / awe
veneration (n.)
religious zeal; the willingness to serve God;
Synonyms: devotion / cultism
From wordnet.princeton.edu