Wor·ship, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Worshiped Worshipped; p. pr. & vb. n. Worshiping ∨ Worshipping.]
1. To respect; to honor; to treat with civil reverence. [Obsoles.]
Our grave . . . shall have a tongueless mouth,
Not worshiped with a waxen epitaph. --Shak.
This holy image that is man God worshipeth. --Foxe.
2. To pay divine honors to; to reverence with supreme respect and veneration; to perform religious exercises in honor of; to adore; to venerate.
But God is to be worshiped. --Shak.
When all our fathers worshiped stocks and stones. --Milton.
3. To honor with extravagant love and extreme submission, as a lover; to adore; to idolize.
With bended knees I daily worship her. --Carew.
Syn: -- To adore; revere; reverence; bow to; honor.
1. Excellence of character; dignity; worth; worthiness. [Obs.]
A man of worship and honour. --Chaucer.
Elfin, born of noble state,
And muckle worship in his native land. --Spenser.
2. Honor; respect; civil deference. [Obs.]
Of which great worth and worship may be won. --Spenser.
Then shalt thou have worship in the presence of them that sit at meat with thee. --Luke xiv. 10.
3. Hence, a title of honor, used in addresses to certain magistrates and others of rank or station.
My father desires your worships' company. --Shak.
4. The act of paying divine honors to the Supreme Being; religious reverence and homage; adoration, or acts of reverence, paid to God, or a being viewed as God. “God with idols in their worship joined.”
The worship of God is an eminent part of religion, and prayer is a chief part of religious worship. --Tillotson.
5. Obsequious or submissive respect; extravagant admiration; adoration.
'T is your inky brows, your black silk hair,
Your bugle eyeballs, nor your cheek of cream,
That can my spirits to your worship. --Shak.
6. An object of worship.
In attitude and aspect formed to be
At once the artist's worship and despair. --Longfellow.
Devil worship, Fire worship, Hero worship, etc. See under Devil, Fire, Hero, etc.
Wor·ship v. i. To perform acts of homage or adoration; esp., to perform religious service.
Our fathers worshiped in this mountain; and ye say that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship. --John iv. 20.
Was it for this I have loved . . . and worshiped in silence? --Longfellow.
n 1: the activity of worshipping
2: a feeling of profound love and admiration [syn: adoration]
v 1: love unquestioningly and uncritically or to excess; venerate
as an idol; "Many teenagers idolized the Beatles" [syn:
idolize, idolise, hero-worship, revere]
2: show devotion to (a deity); "Many Hindus worship Shiva"
3: attend religious services; "They worship in the traditional
[also: worshipping, worshipped]
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).