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 for venerable
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Venerable \Ven"er*a*ble\, a. [L. venerabilis: cf. F.
     v['e]n['e]rable.]
     1. Capable of being venerated; worthy of veneration or
        reverence; deserving of honor and respect; -- generally
        implying an advanced age; as, a venerable magistrate; a
        venerable parent.
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              He was a man of eternal self-sacrifice, and that is
              always venerable.                     --De Quincey.
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              Venerable men! you have come down to us from a
              former generation.                    --D. Webster.
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     2. Rendered sacred by religious or other associations; that
        should be regarded with awe and treated with reverence;
        as, the venerable walls of a temple or a church.
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     Note: This word is employed in the Church of England as a
           title for an archdeacon. In the Roman Catholic Church,
           venerable is applied to those who have attained to the
           lowest of the three recognized degrees of sanctity, but
           are not among the beatified, nor the canonized.
           [1913 Webster] -- Ven"er*a*ble*ness, n. --
           Ven"er*a*bly, adv.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  venerable
      adj 1: impressive by reason of age; "a venerable sage with white
             hair and beard"
      2: profoundly honored; "revered holy men" [syn: august,
         revered, venerable]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  138 Moby Thesaurus words for "venerable":
     acknowledged, admirable, admitted, advanced, advanced in life,
     advanced in years, age-old, aged, ageless, along in years, ancient,
     antediluvian, antique, aristocratic, august, auld, awe-inspiring,
     awesome, awful, conventional, courtly, creditable, customary,
     dateless, dignified, divine, dreadful, elderly, established,
     esteemed, estimable, fixed, folk, grand, grave, gray,
     gray with age, gray-haired, gray-headed, grown old, hallowed,
     handed down, heavenly, held in esteem, heroic, highly esteemed,
     highly regarded, highly reputed, highly respectable, hoar, hoary,
     holy, honorable, honored, immemorial, imposing, impressive,
     in favor, in good odor, in high favor, ineffable, inenarrable,
     inexpressible, inveterate, inviolable, inviolate, kingly,
     legendary, long-established, long-standing, lordly, magisterial,
     majestic, meritorious, mythological, noble, numinous,
     of long standing, of old, of the folk, of yore, old,
     old as Methuselah, old as history, old as time, old-time, olden,
     oral, patriarchal, prescriptive, prestigious, princely, queenly,
     received, recognized, regal, religious, reputable, respectable,
     respected, revered, reverenced, reverend, reverential, rooted,
     royal, sacred, sacrosanct, sedate, senectuous, sober, solemn,
     spiritual, stately, statuesque, time-honored, timeless, timeworn,
     traditional, tried and true, true-blue, understood, unspeakable,
     untouchable, unutterable, unwritten, venerated, well-thought-of,
     white, white with age, white-bearded, white-crowned, white-haired,
     worshipful, worthy, wrinkled, wrinkly, years old
  
  

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