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Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English unworschip, unworschipe, unworschippe, from Old English unworþsċyp, unworþsċype, unweorþsċipe, equivalent to un- +‎ worship.


unworship (uncountable)

  1. Lack of worship or respect; dishonour; failure or refusal to worship; irreverence.
    • 1946, E.Underhill, The Cloud of Unknowing, page 137:
      Some might think that I do little worship to Martha, that special saint, for I liken her words of complaining of her sister unto these worldly men's words, or theirs unto hers : and truly I mean no unworship to her nor to them.
    • 2011, J. Arnold, ‎S. Brady, What is Masculinity?:
      But whatever the world might think about such men, they are judged 'right shameful before God and all the company of heaven', for before them all sin is shame and 'unworship'.
    • 2017, Madison Cawein, Accolon of Gaul, with Other Poems:
      Whoe'er he be, who on my Queen hath laid
      Stress of unworship: []
    • 2017, original 1946, John E. Joseph, Montagu, Language, Mind and Body: A Conceptual History, page 132:
      They hold God in great unworship [contempt] when all day and for nought him call to witness of all that is said, for swearing is no other thing but calling God to witness, and his mother and his holy ones [halzen].
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Gower to this entry?)

Etymology 2Edit

From un- +‎ worship.


unworship (third-person singular simple present unworships, present participle unworshipping, simple past and past participle unworshipped)

  1. (transitive) To deprive of worship or due honour; to dishonour.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Wyclif to this entry?)

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for unworship in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)