Definitions for: Worship


[n] the activity of worshipping
[n] a feeling of profound love and admiration
[v] love unquestioningly and uncritically or to excess; venerate as an idol; "Many teenagers idolized the Beatles"
[v] show religious devotion to, as of a deity; "Many Hindus worship Shiva"
[v] attend religious services; "They worship in the traditional manner"



Webster (1913) Definition: Wor"ship, n. [OE. worshipe, wur[eth]scipe, AS.
weor[eth]scipe; weor[eth] worth + -scipe -ship. See Worth,
a., and -ship.]
1. Excellence of character; dignity; worth; worthiness.
[Obs.] --Shak.

A man of worship and honour. --Chaucer.

Elfin, born of noble state, And muckle worship in
his native land. --Spenser.

2. Honor; respect; civil deference. [Obs.]

Of which great worth and worship may be won.
--Spenser.

Then shalt thou have worship in the presence of them
that sit at meat with thee. --Luke xiv.
10.

3. Hence, a title of honor, used in addresses to certain
magistrates and others of rank or station.

My father desires your worships' company. --Shak.

4. The act of paying divine honors to the Supreme Being;
religious reverence and homage; adoration, or acts of
reverence, paid to God, or a being viewed as God. ``God
with idols in their worship joined.'' --Milton.

The worship of God is an eminent part of religion,
and prayer is a chief part of religious worship.
--Tillotson.

5. Obsequious or submissive respect; extravagant admiration;
adoration.

'T is your inky brows, your black silk hair, Your
bugle eyeballs, nor your cheek of cream, That can my
spirits to your worship. --Shak.

6. An object of worship.

In attitude and aspect formed to be At once the
artist's worship and despair. --Longfellow.

Devil worship, Fire worship, Hero worship, etc. See
under Devil, Fire, Hero, etc.


Wor"ship, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Worshipedor
Worshipped; p. pr. & vb. n. Worshiping or Worshipping.]
1. To respect; to honor; to treat with civil reverence.
[Obsoles.] --Chaucer.

Our grave . . . shall have a tongueless mouth, Not
worshiped with a waxen epitaph. --Shak.

This holy image that is man God worshipeth. --Foxe.

2. To pay divine honors to; to reverence with supreme respect
and veneration; to perform religious exercises in honor
of; to adore; to venerate.

But God is to be worshiped. --Shak.

When all our fathers worshiped stocks and stones.
--Milton.

3. To honor with extravagant love and extreme submission, as
a lover; to adore; to idolize.

With bended knees I daily worship her. --Carew.

Syn: To adore; revere; reverence; bow to; honor.


Wor"ship, v. i.
To perform acts of homage or adoration; esp., to perform
religious service.

Our fathers worshiped in this mountain; and ye say that
in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.
--John iv. 20.

Was it for this I have loved . . . and worshiped in
silence? --Longfellow.

Synonyms: adoration, hero-worship, idolise, idolize, revere

See Also: activity, adoration, adore, ancestor worship, animal-worship, apotheosis, arborolatry, astrolatry, attend, autolatry, cosmolatry, deification, demonolatry, devil-worship, devotion, diabolatry, drool over, exaltation, fear, fire-worship, go to, hagiolatry, heliolatry, hierolatry, idiolatry, idol worship, idolatry, idolisation, idolization, latria, love, monolatry, moon-worship, offer, offer up, praise, prayer, pyrolatry, reverence, selenolatry, self-worship, slobber over, sun-worship, supplication, tree-worship, venerate, veneration, worship of heavenly bodies, worship of saints, zoolatry

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