worship

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EnglishEdit

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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English worschippe, worthschipe, from Old English weorþscipe, corresponding to worth (worthy, honorable) +‎ -ship. Cognate with Scots worschip (worship).

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NounEdit

worship (usually uncountable, plural worships)

  1. (obsolete) The condition of being worthy; honour, distinction.
    • 1485, Thomas Malory, Le Morte Darthur, Book I:
      whan the knyght sawe that, he alyghte, for hym thought no worship to haue a knyght at suche auaille he to be on horsback and he on foot []
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.3:
      Then he forth on his journey did proceede, / To seeke adventures which mote him befall, / And win him worship through his warlike deed []
  2. The devotion accorded to a deity or to a sacred object.
  3. The religious ceremonies that express this devotion.
    • Tillotson
      The worship of God is an eminent part of religion, and prayer is a chief part of religious worship.
  4. (by extension) The ardent love of a something.
  5. An object of worship.
    • Longfellow
      In attitude and aspect formed to be / At once the artist's worship and despair.
  6. Honour; respect; civil deference.
    • Spenser
      of which great worth and worship may be won
    • Bible, Luke xiv. 10
      Then shalt thou have worship in the presence of them that sit at meat with thee.

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VerbEdit

worship (third-person singular simple present worships, present participle (UK) worshipping or (US) worshiping, simple past and past participle (UK) worshipped or (US) worshiped)

  1. (transitive) To reverence (a deity, etc.) with supreme respect and veneration; to perform religious exercises in honour of.
    • Shakespeare
      God is to be worshipped.
    • Milton
      When all our fathers worshipped stocks and stones.
  2. (transitive) To honour with extravagant love and extreme submission, as a lover; to adore; to idolize.
    • Carew
      With bended knees I daily worship her.
  3. (intransitive) To participate in religious ceremonies.
    We worship at the church down the road.

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Last modified on 18 April 2014, at 18:43