wor·​ship·​ful | \ ˈwər-shəp-fəl How to pronounce worshipful (audio) also ˈwȯr- \

Definition of worshipful

1a archaic : notable, distinguished
b chiefly British used as a title for various persons or groups of rank or distinction
2 : giving or expressing worship or veneration

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Other Words from worshipful

worshipfully \ ˈwər-​shəp-​fə-​lē How to pronounce worshipfully (audio) also  ˈwȯr-​ \ adverb
worshipfulness noun

Examples of worshipful in a Sentence

She was greeted by thousands of worshipful fans. a movie fan's worshipful stare upon finally meeting her idol
Recent Examples on the Web The blue flags represent two of London’s ancient trade guilds, the Worshipful Companies of Dyers and Vintners. Emily Cleaver, Smithsonian, "The Fascinating, Regal History Behind Britain’s Swans," 31 July 2017 Accordingly, this anthology reads less like a worshipful or sententious exploration of the art of writing, and more like a highbrow scandal sheet — which, in the best way, Vanity Fair is. Matthew Schneier, New York Times, "Meeting the Greats in ‘Vanity Fair’s Writers on Writers’," 2 Dec. 2016 Edwin could write funny or angry or wistful or worshipful. Mark Whicker, Orange County Register, "Whicker: Knowing Edwin Pope was a pleasure, reading him a privilege," 20 Jan. 2017 HOUSTON — Raji Alatassi watched a video clip of that recent cabinet meeting in Washington, in which the top officials in President Trump’s administration took turns heaping worshipful praise upon their leader. Manny Fernandez And David Montgomery, New York Times, "To Make Sense of American Politics, Immigrants Find Clues From Lands They Left," 24 June 2017 Donald Trump’s truly bizarre Cabinet meeting — where each Cabinet member took turns around the table to offer worshipful praise to Trump in front of the media — will go down as one of the more awkwardly laughable moments in his administration. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Praising President Trump at his first full Cabinet meeting (2 letters)," 13 June 2017 Her language is by turns worshipful and profane, her tone colloquial and confessional. Kim Warp, The New Yorker, "Briefly Noted," 5 June 2017

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First Known Use of worshipful

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for worshipful

Middle English, "deserving honor or respect, of noble character, worthy of veneration," from wurðscip, worschip "honor, esteem, renown, veneration, rank" + -ful -ful entry 1 — more at worship entry 2

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The first known use of worshipful was in the 14th century

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3 Sep 2020

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“Worshipful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/worshipful. Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of worshipful

: feeling or showing great admiration and love for someone or something

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