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Definition of venerable adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1 (formal) venerable people or things deserve respect because they are old, important, wise, etc. a venerable old man a venerable institution
  2. 2the Venerable… [only before noun] (in the Roman Catholic Church), a title given to a dead person who is very holy but who has not yet been made a saint
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