worship
I. noun Etymology: Middle English worshipe worthiness, respect, reverence paid to a divine being, from Old English weorthscipe worthiness, respect, from weorth worthy, worth + -scipe -ship Date: before 12th century 1. chiefly British a person of importance — used as a title for various officials (as magistrates and some mayors) 2. reverence offered a divine being or supernatural power; also an act of expressing such reverence 3. a form of religious practice with its creed and ritual 4. extravagant respect or admiration for or devotion to an object of esteem <
worship of the dollar
>
II. verb (-shipped; also -shiped; -shipping; also -shiping) Date: 13th century transitive verb 1. to honor or reverence as a divine being or supernatural power 2. to regard with great or extravagant respect, honor, or devotion <
a celebrity worshipped by her fans
>
intransitive verb to perform or take part in worship or an act of worship Synonyms: see revereworshipper or worshiper noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • WORSHIP — WORSHIP, service rendered to God and comprehending both the attitude of reverence and love toward the Deity and the activity – in conduct as well as ritual – in which the homage finds expression. Terminology The biblical vocabulary of worship is… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • worship — [wʉr′ship] n. [ME worschip < OE weorthscipe, honor, dignity, worship: see WORTH1 & SHIP] 1. a) reverence or devotion for a deity; religious homage or veneration b) a church service or other rite showing this 2. extreme devotion or intense …   English World dictionary

  • Worship — Wor ship, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Worshiped}{Worshipped}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Worshiping} or {Worshipping}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To respect; to honor; to treat with civil reverence. [Obsoles.] Chaucer. [1913 Webster] Our grave . . . shall have a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Worship — Wor ship, v. i. To perform acts of homage or adoration; esp., to perform religious service. [1913 Webster] Our fathers worshiped in this mountain; and ye say that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship. John iv. 20. [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • worship — n adoration, veneration, reverence (see under REVERE vb) Analogous words: *honor, homage, obeisance: respect, *regard, esteem, admiration Contrasted words: *profanation, desecration, sacrilege: execration, cursing (see corresponding verbs at… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • worship — [n] honoring, glorification adoration, adulation, awe, beatification, benediction, chapel, church service, deification, devotion, exaltation, genuflection, glory, homage, honor, idolatry, idolization, invocation, laudation, love, offering, praise …   New thesaurus

  • worship — ► NOUN 1) the feeling or expression of reverence and adoration for a deity. 2) religious rites and ceremonies. 3) great admiration or devotion. 4) (His/Your Worship) chiefly Brit. a title of respect for a magistrate or mayor. ► VERB (worshipped …   English terms dictionary

  • Worship — Allgemeine Informationen Genre(s) Funeral Doom Gründung 1998 Gründungsmitglieder …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • worship — index honor (outward respect), regard (hold in esteem), respect Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • worship — (n.) O.E. worðscip, wurðscip (Anglian), weorðscipe (W.Saxon) condition of being worthy, honor, renown, from weorð worthy (see WORTH (Cf. worth)) + scipe (see SHIP (Cf. ship)). Sense of reverence paid to a supernatural or divine being is first… …   Etymology dictionary

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