Definition: Worship

From New World Encyclopedia


From Middle English worschippe, worthschipe, from Old English weorþsċipe. Cognate with Scots worschip (worship).


worship (usually uncountable, plural worships)

  1. The devotion accorded to a deity or to a sacred object.
    Polytheistic theology and worship had to go underground.
  2. (Christianity) The adoration owed to God alone, as greater than the veneration that may be accorded to figures such as saints.
  3. The religious ceremonies that express this devotion.
    We went to our worship service like we do every Sunday.
  4. Voluntary, utter submission; voluntary, utter deference.
  5. Ardent love.
  6. An object of worship.

Derived terms

  • house of worship
  • place of worship
  • sun worshipper
  • worshipability
  • worshipable
  • worshipful
  • worshipfully
  • worshipfulness
  • worshiped
  • worshiper
  • worshiping


worship (third-person singular simple present worships, present participle worshiping, simple past and past participle worshiped)

  1. To reverence (a deity, etc.) with supreme respect and veneration; to perform religious exercises in honour of.
    I was taught to worship God from a young age.
  2. To honour with extravagant love and extreme submission, as a lover; to adore; to idolize.
  3. To participate in religious ceremonies.
    We worship at the church down the road.


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