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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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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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revere, reverence, venerate, worship, adore mean to honor and admire profoundly and respectfully. revere stresses deference and tenderness of feeling. a professor revered by her students 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 venerate implies a holding as holy or sacrosanct because of character, association, or age. heroes still venerated worship implies homage usually expressed in words or ceremony. worships their memory adore implies love and stresses the notion of an individual and personal attachment. we adored our doctor

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

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“Worship.” The Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 26 January 2020.

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