I agree. Deference, however, doesn't necessarily indicate respect. You can defer to someone (make an outward show of behaving in a subordinate manner towards them) without really respecting them.Both veneration and reverence are what I would characterize as "hold in the highest form of respect."
Veneration is sometimes used in religious contexts; I think I would consider ti to be strongest form of respect.
I would use "veneration" with regard to someone/something I adore, or highly admire [Michaelangelo's David, Gandhi, Martin Luther King].Hi. "Veneration" and "reverence" and "deference" all mean respect, right? I would just like to know the exact difference between them; more specifically, does one have "more" respect than the others?