wor·​ship·​ful ˈwər-shəp-fəl How to pronounce worshipful (audio)
 also  ˈwȯr-
archaic : notable, distinguished
chiefly British
used as a title for various persons or groups of rank or distinction
: giving or expressing worship or veneration
ˈwər-shəp-fə-lē How to pronounce worshipful (audio)
 also  ˈwȯr-
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 Do all those cameos make the series feel authentic, or overly worshipful? Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 10 July 2024 The first is that Scalia’s dissent was, well, written by Scalia, a conservative icon who many of the Court’s Republicans speak of in almost worshipful tones. Ian Millhiser, Vox, 25 June 2024 The ensemble’s instinct was a kind of worshipful response, but zen-master Uchida would not have that. Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times, 12 June 2024 There’s also the matter of the movie’s main villain, Baba Shakti — a white-haired ultranationalist power broker who whips worshipful mobs into a frenzy and who may have looked a little too much like India’s prime minister Narendra Modi for Netflix. Ty Burr, Washington Post, 4 Apr. 2024 Baker’s account of Christy Mathewson, who, starting in 1900, pitched seventeen seasons for the Giants, is more worshipful—all the revisionists in the world can’t shake the legend of Mathewson as a captain of men and a gentleman of integrity. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 25 Mar. 2024 Aykroyd had grown up in Ottawa, the Canadian capital, a worshipful acolyte of rhythm and blues. John Belushi, USA TODAY, 19 Mar. 2024 In this painting and in its glory, the juke joint is worshipful, sweaty, intoxicating, and transcendent. Korsha Wilson, Bon Appétit, 11 Mar. 2024 Scorsese's interviewing style, indeed, tends toward the verbose and worshipful, but that's all forgotten when the director turns all his skills toward documenting what was an all-star tribute show for a band of consummate energy and infectious drive. Dennis Perkins, EW.com, 13 July 2022

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Word History


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

First Known Use

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

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

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“Worshipful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/worshipful. Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


wor·​ship·​ful ˈwər-shəp-fəl How to pronounce worshipful (audio)
: giving worship

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