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excessive admiration of or devotion to a person
  • the worship of professional athletes who often turn out to be all too fallible

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Synonyms & Antonyms of worship (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to offer honor or respect to (someone) as a divine power
  • the ancient Greeks worshipped many different gods

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2 to feel passion, devotion, or tenderness for
  • the new father worships his baby daughter, and would do anything for her

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3 to love or admire too much
  • thought that some of her fellow senior citizens worshipped the old days too much, observing that they weren't all good

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How does the verb worship differ from other similar words?

Some common synonyms of worship are adore, reverence, revere, and venerate. While all these words mean "to honor and admire profoundly and respectfully," worship implies homage usually expressed in words or ceremony.

worships their memory

In what contexts can adore take the place of worship?

The synonyms adore and worship are sometimes interchangeable, but adore implies love and stresses the notion of an individual and personal attachment.

we adored our doctor

When can revere be used instead of worship?

In some situations, the words revere and worship are roughly equivalent. However, revere stresses deference and tenderness of feeling.

a professor revered by her students

When could reverence be used to replace worship?

The words reverence and worship can be used in similar contexts, but 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

When is venerate a more appropriate choice than worship?

While the synonyms venerate and worship are close in meaning, venerate implies a holding as holy or sacrosanct because of character, association, or age.

heroes still venerated

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The first known use of worship was before the 12th century

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“Worship.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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