worship

[wur-ship]
noun
1.
reverent honor and homage paid to God or a sacred personage, or to any object regarded as sacred.
2.
formal or ceremonious rendering of such honor and homage: They attended worship this morning.
3.
adoring reverence or regard: excessive worship of business success.
4.
the object of adoring reverence or regard.
5.
(initial capital letter) British. a title of honor used in addressing or mentioning certain magistrates and others of high rank or station (usually preceded by Your, His, or Her ).
verb (used with object), worshiped, worshiping or (especially British) worshipped, worshipping.
6.
to render religious reverence and homage to.
7.
to feel an adoring reverence or regard for (any person or thing).
verb (used without object), worshiped, worshiping or (especially British) worshipped, worshipping.
8.
to render religious reverence and homage, as to a deity.
9.
to attend services of divine worship.
10.
to feel an adoring reverence or regard.

Origin:
before 900; (noun) Middle English wors(c)hipe, worthssipe, Old English worthscipe, variant of weorthscipe; see worth, -ship; (v.) Middle English, derivative of the noun

worshiper, noun
worshipingly, adverb
misworship, verb, misworshiped, misworshiping or (especially British) misworshipped, misworshipping.
preworship, noun, verb, preworshiped, preworshiping or (especially British) preworshipped, preworshipping.
self-worship, noun
self-worshiper, noun
self-worshiping, adjective
self-worshipping, adjective
unworshiped, adjective
unworshiping, adjective
unworshipped, adjective
unworshipping, adjective


3. honor, homage, adoration, idolatry. 7. honor, venerate, revere, adore, glorify, idolize, adulate.
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worship (ˈwɜːʃɪp)
 
vb , (US) -ships, -shipping, -shipped, -ships, -shiping, -shiped
1.  (tr) to show profound religious devotion and respect to; adore or venerate (God or any person or thing considered divine)
2.  (tr) to be devoted to and full of admiration for
3.  (intr) to have or express feelings of profound adoration
4.  (intr) to attend services for worship
5.  obsolete (tr) to honour
 
n
6.  religious adoration or devotion
7.  the formal expression of religious adoration; rites, prayers, etc
8.  admiring love or devotion
9.  archaic dignity or standing
 
[Old English weorthscipe, from worth1 + -ship]
 
'worshipable
 
adj
 
'worshipper
 
n

Worship (ˈwɜːʃɪp)
 
n (preceded by Your, His, or Her)
chiefly (Brit) a title used to address or refer to a mayor, magistrate, or a person of similar high rank

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Word Origin & History

worship
O.E. worðscip, wurðscip (Anglian), weorðscipe (W.Saxon) "condition of being worthy, honor, renown," from weorð "worthy" (see worth) + -scipe (see -ship). Sense of "reverence paid to a supernatural or divine being" is first recorded
c.1300. The original sense is preserved in the title worshipful (c.1300). The verb is recorded from c.1200.
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Bible Dictionary

Worship definition


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).

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worship

broadly defined, the response to the appearance of that which is accepted as the holy-that is, to a sacred, transcendent power or being. Characteristic modes of response to the holy include cultic acts of all kinds: ritual drama, prayers of many sorts, dancing, ecstatic speech, veneration of various persons and objects, sermons, silent meditation, and sacred music and song. Also included in worship are acts of private response: spoken or unspoken prayers, silence, the assumption of particular postures, ritual acts and gestures, and individual acts of veneration of persons or objects.

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Example sentences
For one thing, the site remains a place of active worship.
They worship different gods and performed ceremonies and rituals to these gods.
Kiss, as a mode of salutation, comes from its use to express reverence or
  worship.
Give me your good hand, give me your worship's good hand.
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