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[wur-ship-fuh l] /ˈwɜr ʃɪp fəl/
feeling or showing worship.
(initial capital letter) British. a formal title of honor used in announcing or mentioning certain highly regarded or respected persons or groups (usually preceded by the).
Origin of worshipful
1250-1300; Middle English; see worship, -ful Unabridged
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  • If one's life is not worshipful, no one cares for his professions.

    Tablets Amos Bronson Alcott
  • "He is sure to be a worshipful husband," said Miss Margaret.

    Jolly Sally Pendleton Laura Jean Libbey
  • Possibly some culture gods had been worshipful animals, now worshipped as gods, who had given these animals to man.

  • I have three sons, and all are of the worshipful company of the Round Table.

    King Arthur's Knights Henry Gilbert
  • It is for gold and to oblige the worshipful Harland (the editor).

  • And than after saten the Justices, and after them worshipful Knyghts and Squiers.

  • One sometimes thinks silence for a century were most worshipful since speech babbles so badly.

    Tablets Amos Bronson Alcott
British Dictionary definitions for worshipful


feeling or showing reverence or adoration
(often capital) (mainly Brit) a title used to address or refer to various people or bodies of distinguished rank, such as mayors and certain ancient companies of the City of London
Derived Forms
worshipfully, adverb
worshipfulness, noun
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