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worship

[wur-ship]
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noun
  1. reverent honor and homage paid to God or a sacred personage, or to any object regarded as sacred.
  2. formal or ceremonious rendering of such honor and homage: They attended worship this morning.
  3. adoring reverence or regard: excessive worship of business success.
  4. the object of adoring reverence or regard.
  5. (initial capital letter) British. a title of honor used in addressing or mentioning certain magistrates and others of high rank or station (usually preceded by Your, His, or Her).
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verb (used with object), wor·shiped, wor·ship·ing or (especially British) wor·shipped, wor·ship·ping.
  1. to render religious reverence and homage to.
  2. to feel an adoring reverence or regard for (any person or thing).
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verb (used without object), wor·shiped, wor·ship·ing or (especially British) wor·shipped, wor·ship·ping.
  1. to render religious reverence and homage, as to a deity.
  2. to attend services of divine worship.
  3. to feel an adoring reverence or regard.
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Origin of worship

before 900; (noun) Middle English wors(c)hipe, worthssipe, Old English worthscipe, variant of weorthscipe; see worth1, -ship; (v.) Middle English, derivative of the noun
Related formswor·ship·er, nounwor·ship·ing·ly, adverbmis·wor·ship, verb, mis·wor·shiped, mis·wor·ship·ing or (especially British) mis·wor·shipped, mis·wor·ship·ping.pre·wor·ship, noun, verb, pre·wor·shiped, pre·wor·ship·ing or (especially British) pre·wor·shipped, pre·wor·ship·ping.self-wor·ship, nounself-wor·ship·er, nounself-wor·ship·ing, adjectiveself-wor·ship·ping, adjectiveun·wor·shiped, adjectiveun·wor·ship·ing, adjectiveun·wor·shipped, adjectiveun·wor·ship·ping, adjective

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Related Words

adorationritualprayerritedevotioncanonizeidolizeadmirevenerateadorechantsingreverecelebrateloveadulationgenuflectionrespectidolatryprostration

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  • These circumstances have led me to suppose that you worship them as mere forms.

    Philothea

    Lydia Maria Child

  • I only told your worship where a good son and a good master might be had.

    The Armourer's Prentices

    Charlotte M. Yonge

  • He had united them and he had made them the first of all nations to worship a single God.

    Ancient Man

    Hendrik Willem van Loon

  • There was even a sort of worship in the bright eyes that looked at the new leader.

  • The worship of Life is natural, and must of necessity continue.

    The Non-Christian Cross

    John Denham Parsons


British Dictionary definitions for worship

worship

verb -ships, -shipping or -shipped or US -ships, -shiping or -shiped
  1. (tr) to show profound religious devotion and respect to; adore or venerate (God or any person or thing considered divine)
  2. (tr) to be devoted to and full of admiration for
  3. (intr) to have or express feelings of profound adoration
  4. (intr) to attend services for worship
  5. (tr) obsolete to honour
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noun
  1. religious adoration or devotion
  2. the formal expression of religious adoration; rites, prayers, etc
  3. admiring love or devotion
  4. archaic dignity or standing
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Derived Formsworshipable, adjectiveworshipper, noun

Word Origin

Old English weorthscipe, from worth 1 + -ship

Worship

noun
  1. mainly British (preceded by Your, His, or Her) a title used to address or refer to a mayor, magistrate, or a person of similar high rank
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Word Origin and History for worship

n.

Old English worðscip, wurðscip (Anglian), weorðscipe (West Saxon) "condition of being worthy, honor, renown," from weorð "worthy" (see worth) + -scipe (see -ship). Sense of "reverence paid to a supernatural or divine being" is first recorded c.1300. The original sense is preserved in the title worshipful (c.1300).

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v.

c.1200, from worship (n.). Related: Worshipped; worshipping.

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