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 worshipful (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 But the movie’s attitude toward Bergman is beguilingly open-ended, aligning itself with neither the worshipful tributes nor the dismissive reappraisals that greeted his decades-long career. Los Angeles Times, 14 Oct. 2021 Freeman, meanwhile, would later gloat to colleagues that Bainum was never serious about buying the newspapers and just wanted to bask in the worshipful media coverage his bid generated. Mckay Coppins, The Atlantic, 14 Oct. 2021 There is Matthiessen’s attitude toward the Sherpas and the porters, which is sometimes open and humane but often ill-tempered, patronizing, or mystically worshipful. Kathryn Schulz, The New Yorker, 5 July 2021 Dylan was the rare celebrity who downplayed the worshipful titles offered him — poet, visionary, and especially spokesman for a generation. Kyle Smith, National Review, 24 May 2021 Active in Masonic circles, Mr. Brown joined the Samuel J. Ennis Lodge No. 106 in 1960, and three years later was its worshipful master, helping to expand its membership. Frederick N. Rasmussen, baltimoresun.com, 30 Apr. 2021 Proud of the church but never worshipful, Kemble has made her unusual home warm and liveable. House Beautiful, 8 Apr. 2021 As the film lands on Hulu, Town & Country sat down with Rothstein to better understand why Neumann became such a worshipful figure, and what there is still to learn from the WeWork mythology. Lauren Puckett, Town & Country, 4 Apr. 2021 Bailey writes about Roth’s later years with a sensitivity that’s respectful but not worshipful. BostonGlobe.com, 1 Apr. 2021

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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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19 Oct 2021

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“Worshipful.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/worshipful. Accessed 21 Oct. 2021.

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

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