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Meaning of WORSHIP

Pronunciation:  'wurship

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

WORSHIP is a 7 letter word that starts with W.


 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



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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.
             Then shalt thou have worship in the presence of them
             that sit at meat with thee.           --Luke xiv.
    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.
    5. Obsequious or submissive respect; extravagant admiration;
             '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.
  2. \Wor"ship\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Worshiped}or
    {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.
    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.
  3. \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.
Easton Bible Dictionary

homage rendered to God which it is sinful (idolatry) to render to any created being (Ex. 34:14; Isa. 2:8). Such worship was refused by Peter (Acts 10:25,26) and by an angel (Rev. 22:8,9).