Venerate –verb 1) To regard with feelings of respect, reverence, or heartfelt deference. 2) Considered hallowed or exalted or to be in awe of. Origin: 1615, Latin veneratus or venerari> to solicit the goodwill of a god, worship, revere; a derivative of venus, presumably in its original sense of ‘desire and love.’
Penchant –noun 1) A strong inclination, decided taste, or definite liking for something. Origin: 1665, French pencher> to incline, lean; Latin pendicare or pendere> to hang – same root as for ‘pendant.’
Educe – verb 1) To draw forth or bring out, as something potential or latent; elicit; develop. 2) To infer or deduce from given facts. Origin: 1400, Late Middle English educen> to direct the flow; Latin educere> to lead – same root as for ‘educate.’
Laggard –noun 1) A person or thing that lags; a lingerer or loiterer. –adjective 1) Moving, developing, or responding slowly, sluggishly, or dilatory. Origin: 1505, Scandinavian lagga> go slowly; 1695, joined with suffix –ard to form the noun.