- The definition of worship is a church service or ritual showing devotion for a deity.
An example of worship is Sunday Mass.
- Worship is an extreme devotion or admiration for someone or something.
An example of worship is deadheads following the Grateful Dead all over the United States.
- Worship means to show devotion or admiration to a religious deity or another.
An example of worship is chanting.
- reverence or devotion for a deity; religious homage or veneration
- a church service or other rite showing this
- extreme devotion or intense love or admiration of any kind
- [W-]Chiefly Brit. a title of honor used in speaking to or of magistrates, mayors, or certain others holding high rank: preceded by Your or by His or Her
- Rare something worshiped
- Rare a distinct type of religious group, as a sect
- Archaic greatness of character; honor; dignity; worthiness
Origin of worshipMiddle English worschip from Old English weorthscipe, honor, dignity, worship: see worth and -ship
transitive verb-·shiped or -·shipped, -·ship·ing or -·ship·ping
- to show religious devotion or reverence for; adore or venerate as a deity
- to have intense love or admiration for; adore or idolize
- a. The reverent love and devotion accorded a deity, an idol, or a sacred object.b. The ceremonies, prayers, or other religious forms by which this love is expressed: a chapel where worship is held daily.
- Ardent admiration or love; adoration: the worship of celebrities.
- often Worship Chiefly British Used as a form of address for magistrates, mayors, and certain other dignitaries: Your Worship.
verbwor·shiped, wor·ship·ing, wor·ships, or wor·shipped wor·ship·ping
- To honor and love as a deity.
- To regard with ardent or adoring esteem or devotion. See Synonyms at revere1.
Origin of worshipMiddle English worshipe worthiness, honor from Old English weorthscipe weorth worth ; see worth 1. -scipe -ship
- wor′ship·er wor′ship·per
(usually uncountable, plural worships)
- 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.3:
- Then he forth on his journey did proceede, / To seeke adventures which mote him befall, / And win him worship through his warlike deed [...]
- The devotion accorded to a deity or to a sacred object.
- The religious ceremonies that express this devotion.
- (by extension) The ardent love of a something.
- An object of worship.
- Honour; respect; civil deference.
From Middle English worschippe, worthschipe, from Old English weorÃ¾scipe, corresponding to worth (“worthy, honorable") +"Ž -ship. Cognate with Scots worschip (“worship").
- Usually as "Your Worship" or "His Worship"