- reverent honor and homage paid to God or a sacred personage, or to any object regarded as sacred.
- formal or ceremonious rendering of such honor and homage: They attended worship this morning.
- adoring reverence or regard: excessive worship of business success.
- the object of adoring reverence or regard.
- (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).
- to render religious reverence and homage to.
- to feel an adoring reverence or regard for (any person or thing).
- to render religious reverence and homage, as to a deity.
- to attend services of divine worship.
- to feel an adoring reverence or regard.
Origin of worship
SynonymsSee more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
Related Wordsadoration, ritual, prayer, rite, devotion, canonize, idolize, admire, venerate, adore, chant, sing, revere, celebrate, love, adulation, genuflection, respect, idolatry, prostration
Examples from the Web for worship
A long-running argument exists over whether Christians and Muslims worship the same God.Does Pope Francis Believe Christians and Muslims Worship the Same God?
December 7, 2014
The worship of some of these deities appears to have included orgiastic rituals: music, wine, sex.Meet Krampus, the Seriously Bad Santa
December 5, 2014
Her new single, “Pieta,” is something you can worship and blaspheme at the same time.Is Bigger Better for St. Vincent?
December 4, 2014
Some streams of Buddhism have the trappings of worship, rituals, and semi-divine beings, but others do not.What If Meditation Isn’t Good for You?
November 1, 2014
The worship that holds you for a few hours a week becomes, then, the clue to that deep truth inside.Joseph Campbell on the Roots of Halloween
October 31, 2014
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.Way of the Lawless
The worship of Life is natural, and must of necessity continue.The Non-Christian Cross
John Denham Parsons
- (tr) to show profound religious devotion and respect to; adore or venerate (God or any person or thing considered divine)
- (tr) to be devoted to and full of admiration for
- (intr) to have or express feelings of profound adoration
- (intr) to attend services for worship
- (tr) obsolete to honour
- religious adoration or devotion
- the formal expression of religious adoration; rites, prayers, etc
- admiring love or devotion
- archaic dignity or standing
- 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
Word Origin and History for worship
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).
c.1200, from worship (n.). Related: Worshipped; worshipping.