Veneration – respect or awe inspired by the dignity, wisdom, dedication, or talent of a person
Latent, Veneration: Merriam-Webster. Definitions retrieved June 18, 2012, from: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/latent, http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/veneration
“Human nature itself is evermore an advocate for liberty. There is also in human nature a resentment of injury, and indignation against wrong. A love of truth and a veneration of virtue. These amiable passions, are the “latent spark”… If the people are capable of understanding, seeing and feeling the differences between true and false, right and wrong, virtue and vice, to what better principle can the friends of mankind apply than to the sense of this difference?”
John Adams, the Novanglus, 1775
We spent July 4th filled with veneration for all those who made this nationalistic jollity possible. We were especially happy that no harm came to ourselves or to our neighbors by the latent spark of last year’s remaining fireworks.
– Anita, Noted in Nashville