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

Example Sentences

She was greeted by thousands of worshipful fans. a movie fan's worshipful stare upon finally meeting her idol
Recent Examples on the Web Take two daffy metalheads from San Dimas, California, place them alongside disapproving parents, famous historical figures, or worshipful citizens of the 27th century, and watch the sparks fly. Vulture, 28 Apr. 2022 Speaking of mathematics, Hermann’s sister, Eva (Caissie Levy), is married to Ludwig (Brandon Uranowitz), a math guy (a numbers theorist, to give him his due) who is scornful of applied mathematics and takes a worshipful attitude to his own field. Marilyn Stasio, Variety, 2 Oct. 2022 Gradually, too, media coverage has evolved, from the near-worshipful stance of early profiles to the increasingly incisive commentary that marked her final years. Alison Fishburn, Longreads, 17 Sep. 2022 Although the film is obviously fiction, the trailer alone draws plenty of comparisons to worshipful food docs. Nico Avalle, Bon Appétit, 15 Aug. 2022 From the mannequins to the lighting fixtures, there is a sense of worshipful elegance. Rachel Tashjian, Harper's BAZAAR, 15 July 2022 Countless new books have appeared on the Queen and her reign, most of them reverent if not worshipful in tone. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 3 June 2022 His gift for messaging has rankled some: even people who support Ukraine and its fight have criticized Zelensky’s celebrity appearances, or at least the public’s worshipful response to him. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, 18 May 2022 Like Gatsby, Holmes invented her celebrity and fortune out of virtually nothing: a smile, a wide and worshipful gaze, and genealogy. Caroline Fraser, The New York Review of Books, 27 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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Cite this Entry

“Worshipful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/worshipful. Accessed 4 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


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

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