Worship

Definition of Worship

Wor´ship
n.1.
1.Excellence of character; dignity; worth; worthiness.
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.
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.
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
etc. See under Devil, Fire, Hero, etc.
v. t.1.To respect; to honor; to treat with civil reverence.
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.
v. i.1.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.

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