Definition of worship in English:

worship

Syllabification: wor·ship
Pronunciation: /ˈwərSHəp
 
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noun

  • 1The feeling or expression of reverence and adoration for a deity: the worship of God ancestor worship
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    • The cult of spirits, shamanism, and ancestor worship compose the three major parts of traditional Hmong religion.
    • Few tasks in any society are as sacred as the disposal of the dead, and that is even more true in a society with traditions of ancestor worship and Confucian respect for parents.
    • However, the Buddhists adapted their practices to include the Confucian custom of ancestor worship.
    Synonyms
    reverence, veneration, adoration, glorification, glory, exaltation; devotion, praise, thanksgiving, homage, honor
    archaic magnification
  • 1.1The acts or rites that make up a formal expression of reverence for a deity; a religious ceremony or ceremonies: the church was opened for public worship
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    • For millions of Hindus in India, religion interweaves private worship, public ritual, and ephemeral art.
    • Do not schedule anything on the retreat except morning and evening worship and meals.
    • People who return from Taize invariably speak of the beauty of the chanted songs that constitute its worship.
    Synonyms
    service, religious rite, prayer, praise, devotion, religious observance
  • 1.2Adoration or devotion comparable to religious homage, shown toward a person or principle: our society’s worship of teenagers
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    • He wasn't snobby himself but he was the richest guy at Hilton and nothing attracts respect, admiration and worship to a person at a top notch private school than the most green in the place.
    • Devotion and worship are supposed to be spiritual and other worldly and money should scarcely come into the picture at all.
    • This episode may, in a way, serve as a good example of the negative consequences of the prevalence of money worship and the loss of moral values.
    Synonyms
  • 1.3 archaic Honor given to someone in recognition of their merit.
  • 1.4 [as title] (His/Your Worship) chiefly British Used in addressing or referring to an important or high-ranking person, especially a magistrate or mayor: we were soon joined by His Worship the Mayor
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    • Having enjoyed a couple of pre-match drinks, His Worship and a good sized crowd made their way out to the pitch, to see instead of the first team fixture a game between the Bury 3rd XV and a Liverpool St.Helens Development side.
    • Your Worship," said he, "will, I hope, take it into your consideration that if I had not been honest I might have kept the whole."
    • "Nay, sir," cries Dowling, "I would not have your worship think I would, on any account, be guilty of subornation of perjury; but there are two ways of delivering evidence."

verb (worships, worshiping, worshiped; also worships, worshipping, worshipped)

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  • 1Show reverence and adoration for (a deity); honor with religious rites: the Maya built jungle pyramids to worship their gods
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    • Templeton is like a temple for Bedloe, a place of highest reverence where deities are worshipped.
    • The original inhabitants of Oman were pantheists, worshiping various goddesses and gods.
    • The walls of temples were carved with images of Portuguese visitors and Arab traders, of Brahmins honouring the Buddha and Buddhists worshipping Hindu deities.
    Synonyms
    revere, reverence, venerate, pay homage to, honor, adore, praise, pray to, glorify, exalt, extol; hold dear, cherish, treasure, esteem, adulate, idolize, deify, hero-worship, lionize, overpraise; follow, look up to
    informal put on a pedestal
    formal laud
    archaic magnify
  • 1.1Treat (someone or something) with the reverence and adoration appropriate to a deity: she adores her sons and they worship her
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    • Mary Torres, of Ratcliffe Street, York, nervously watched the game with her Argentine husband Pablo and four-year-old son Nico, who worships the South American side.
    • Newcastle's huge support turned out to worship their new legend, but they will need patience before he can blossom
    • Am I doomed for six more years of loving him, putting him on a pedestal, and worshipping him?
  • 1.2 [no object] Take part in a religious ceremony: he went to the cathedral because he chose to worship in a spiritually inspiring building
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    • Many on both left and right find congenial niches in which to worship, focusing their religious lives on the small church rather than the large one.
    • He said his aunt was well known in the area where she lived and was a religious woman who worshipped at the Church of the Nazarene.
    • Greetings and good wishes were brought by Gordon Darragh, from Windsor Baptist Church, Belfast, where the Wright family had been worshipping.

Derivatives

worshiper

(also worshipper) noun
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  • Also, the worshippers would cast their votive offerings for the goddess into the spring associated with the temple.
  • At a minimum this particular prayer reminds worshipers that prayer cannot simply dwell on the turmoil of private life.
  • Gamaliel defined no more than the beginnings and ends of blessings, leaving the prayer leader or individual worshipper to improvise on the set theme.

Origin

Old English weorthscipe 'worthiness, acknowledgment of worth' (see worth, -ship).

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