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Definition of "worship" []

  • The reverent love and devotion accorded a deity, an idol, or a sacred object. (noun)
  • The ceremonies, prayers, or other religious forms by which this love is expressed. (noun)
  • Ardent devotion; adoration. (noun)
  • Chiefly British Used as a form of address for magistrates, mayors, and certain other dignitaries: Your Worship. (noun)
  • To honor and love as a deity. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "worship" in a sentence
  • "He probably foresaw, as indeed time has shown, that ancestral worship would prove to be an insuperable obstacle to many inquirers, if they were called upon to discard it once and for all; at the same time, he must have known that an invocation to spirits, coupled with the hope of obtaining some benefit therefrom, is _worship_ pure and simple, and cannot be explained away as an unmeaning ceremony."
  • "Church, of course; but to-day, this glowing, glorious August day, it was something infinitely above and beyond all this; it was the visible temple of the invisible God, _their_ Saviour, and they were going up to worship -- aye, really and truly to _worship_."
  • "So it would seem that _religio_ is already beginning to pass into the sense in which we still use it -- _i. e._, _the feeling which suggests worship, and the forms under which we perform that worship_."