worship

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EnglishEdit

 
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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English worschippe, worthschipe, from Old English weorþsċipe; synchronically analyzable as 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, Sir Thomas Malory, chapter xxiij, in Le Morte Darthur, book I:
      I will be on horsbak said the knyght / thenne was Arthur wrothe and dressid his sheld toward hym with his swerd drawen / whan the knyght sawe that / he a lyghte / for hym thought no worship to haue a knyght at suche auaille he to be on horsbak and he on foot and so he alyght & dressid his sheld vnto Arthur
    • 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.
    • 1663, John Tillotson, The Wisdom of Being Religious
      The worship of God is an eminent part of religion, and prayer is a chief part of religious worship.
  4. (by extension) Voluntary, utter submission; voluntary, utter deference.
  5. (also by extension) Ardent love.
  6. An object of worship.
    • 1882 or later, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Michel Angelo
      In attitude and aspect formed to be / At once the artist's worship and despair.
  7. Honour; respect; civil deference.
  8. (chiefly British) Used as a title or term of address for various officials, including magistrates
    • 2010, Val McDermid, A Place of Execution:
      'Your Worships, I have a submission to put before the court. As Your Worships are aware, it is the duty of the court under Section thirty-nine of the Children and Young Persons Act to protect the identity of minors who are victims of offences []

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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.
  2. (transitive) To honour with extravagant love and extreme submission, as a lover; to adore; to idolize.
    • 1934, Agatha Christie, chapter 8, in Murder on the Orient Express, London: HarperCollins, published 2017, page 251:
      'All the household worshipped her.'
    • a. 1639, Thomas Carew, A Cruell Mistris
      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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ReferencesEdit

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