noun \ˈwər-shəp also ˈwr-\

: the act of showing respect and love for a god especially by praying with other people who believe in the same god : the act of worshipping God or a god

: excessive admiration for someone

Full Definition of WORSHIP

chiefly British :  a person of importance —used as a title for various officials (as magistrates and some mayors)
:  reverence offered a divine being or supernatural power; also :  an act of expressing such reverence
:  a form of religious practice with its creed and ritual
:  extravagant respect or admiration for or devotion to an object of esteem <worship of the dollar>

Examples of WORSHIP

  1. worship of gods and goddesses
  2. Worship services are held daily.
  3. the media's worship of celebrities

Origin of WORSHIP

Middle English worshipe worthiness, respect, reverence paid to a divine being, from Old English weorthscipe worthiness, respect, from weorth worthy, worth + -scipe -ship
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Forms of Address Terms

appellation, beatitude, brethren, emeritus, esquire, sire, sous



: to honor or respect (someone or something) as a god

: to show respect and love for God or for a god especially by praying, having religious services, etc.

: to love or honor (someone or something) very much or too much

worshipped also worshipedworship·ping also worship·ing

Full Definition of WORSHIP

transitive verb
:  to honor or reverence as a divine being or supernatural power
:  to regard with great or extravagant respect, honor, or devotion <a celebrity worshipped by her fans>
intransitive verb
:  to perform or take part in worship or an act of worship
wor·ship·per or wor·ship·er noun

Examples of WORSHIP

  1. Many ancient cultures worshipped the sun and moon.
  2. They worship at this temple.
  3. I worship God in my own way.

First Known Use of WORSHIP

13th century


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