Hero worship
Worship Wor"ship, n. [OE. worshipe, wur[eth]scipe, AS. weor[eth]scipe; weor[eth] worth + -scipe -ship. See {Worth}, a., and {-ship}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Excellence of character; dignity; worth; worthiness. [Obs.] --Shak. [1913 Webster]

A man of worship and honour. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

Elfin, born of noble state, And muckle worship in his native land. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

2. Honor; respect; civil deference. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Of which great worth and worship may be won. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

Then shalt thou have worship in the presence of them that sit at meat with thee. --Luke xiv. 10. [1913 Webster]

3. Hence, a title of honor, used in addresses to certain magistrates and others of rank or station. [1913 Webster]

My father desires your worships' company. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

The worship of God is an eminent part of religion, and prayer is a chief part of religious worship. --Tillotson. [1913 Webster]

5. Obsequious or submissive respect; extravagant admiration; adoration. [1913 Webster]

'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. [1913 Webster]

6. An object of worship. [1913 Webster]

In attitude and aspect formed to be At once the artist's worship and despair. --Longfellow. [1913 Webster]

{Devil worship}, {Fire worship}, {Hero worship}, etc. See under {Devil}, {Fire}, {Hero}, etc. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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