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worship

[wur-ship] /ˈwɜr ʃɪp/
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
900
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
Related forms
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
Synonyms
3. honor, homage, adoration, idolatry. 7. honor, venerate, revere, adore, glorify, idolize, adulate.
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Examples for worshipped
  • Former generations worshipped multiple gods and current society thinks that was crazy.
  • On the one hand, animals are worshipped, and are therefore neither killed nor eaten.
  • On the other hand, animals are worshipped because they are habitually killed and eaten.
  • The large gallery in the sanctuary accommodated the non-pew holders who worshipped at the church.
  • Some favored more than one denomination during their lifetime, and many at one time or another worshipped with various faiths.
  • While ancient civilizations often worshipped the sun, modern humans occasionally have reason to rue it.
  • Early peoples worshipped fire, for it heated their homes, cooked their food and kept away the creatures of the night.
  • Perhaps he could expect to be worshipped more directly.
  • Many citizens worshipped in more than one church or participated in the rituals of more than one religion.
  • The puma was worshipped and used as a symbol at feasts.
British Dictionary definitions for worshipped

worship

/ˈwɜːʃɪp/
verb -ships, -shipping, -shipped (US) -ships, -shiping, -shiped
1.
(transitive) to show profound religious devotion and respect to; adore or venerate (God or any person or thing considered divine)
2.
(transitive) to be devoted to and full of admiration for
3.
(intransitive) to have or express feelings of profound adoration
4.
(intransitive) to attend services for worship
5.
(transitive) (obsolete) to honour
noun
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
Derived Forms
worshipable, adjective
worshipper, noun
Word Origin
Old English weorthscipe, from worth1 + -ship

Worship

/ˈwɜːʃɪp/
noun
1.
(mainly Brit) preceded by Your, His, or Her. a title used to address or refer to a mayor, magistrate, or a person of similar high rank
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Word Origin and History for worshipped

worship

n.

Old English worðscip, wurðscip (Anglian), weorðscipe (West 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).

v.

c.1200, from worship (n.). Related: Worshipped; worshipping.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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worshipped in the Bible

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).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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Encyclopedia Article for worshipped

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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