verb (used with object), wor·shiped, wor·ship·ing or (especially British) wor·shipped, wor·ship·ping.

to render religious reverence and homage to.
to feel an adoring reverence or regard for (any person or thing).

verb (used without object), wor·shiped, wor·ship·ing or (especially British) wor·shipped, wor·ship·ping.

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

Synonyms for worship

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Related Words for worshiper

devotee, churchgoer, votary, disciple, adorer

Examples from the Web for worshiper

Contemporary Examples of worshiper

  • Lost co-creator and Harry Potter worshiper Damon Lindelof expected to love Deathly Hallows.

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    Oh No, 'Harry' Bored Me!

    Damon Lindelof

    November 19, 2010

  • Lost co-creator and Harry Potter worshiper, Damon Lindelof, expected to love Deathly Hallows.

    The Daily Beast logo
    Oh No, 'Harry' Bored Me!

    Damon Lindelof

    November 19, 2010

Historical Examples of worshiper

  • He was a worshiper of language for its own sake and cast a vote accordingly.

    In a Little Town

    Rupert Hughes

  • The Egyptian beholder and worshiper was not to be attracted and charmed, but overwhelmed.

  • But neither of them know, as does their worshiper and lover, what lies on the other side of the moon.

    Visions and Revisions

    John Cowper Powys

  • It enables every one who comes into the church to be a worshiper.

    The Worship of the Church

    Jacob A. Regester

  • The Church bell then rings, and ere it stops every worshiper is seated.

British Dictionary definitions for worshiper


verb -ships, -shipping or -shipped or US -ships, -shiping or -shiped

(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
Derived Formsworshipable, adjectiveworshipper, noun

Word Origin for worship

Old English weorthscipe, from worth 1 + -ship



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 worshiper



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.

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