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noun wor·ship \ˈwər-shəp also ˈwȯr-\

Simple Definition of worship

  • : 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

  1. 1 chiefly British :  a person of importance —used as a title for various officials (as magistrates and some mayors)

  2. 2 :  reverence offered a divine being or supernatural power; also :  an act of expressing such reverence

  3. 3 :  a form of religious practice with its creed and ritual

  4. 4 :  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

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verb wor·ship

Simple Definition of worship

  • : 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

Full Definition of worship

worshipped also worshipedworship·ping also worship·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to honor or reverence as a divine being or supernatural power

  3. 2 :  to regard with great or extravagant respect, honor, or devotion <a celebrity worshipped by her fans>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  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.

13th Century

First Known Use of worship

13th century

Synonym Discussion of worship

revere, reverence, venerate, worship, adore mean to honor and admire profoundly and respectfully. revere stresses deference and tenderness of feeling <a professor revered by her students>. reverence presupposes an intrinsic merit and inviolability in the one honored and a similar depth of feeling in the one honoring <reverenced the academy's code of honor>. venerate implies a holding as holy or sacrosanct because of character, association, or age <heroes still venerated>. worship implies homage usually expressed in words or ceremony <worships their memory>. adore implies love and stresses the notion of an individual and personal attachment <we adored our doctor>.

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February 12, 2016

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