Definition of worship in English:


Pronunciation /ˈwərSHəp/ /ˈwərʃəp/

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  • 1The feeling or expression of reverence and adoration for a deity.

    ‘the worship of God’
    • ‘ancestor worship’
    • ‘The cult of spirits, shamanism, and ancestor worship compose the three major parts of traditional Hmong religion.’
    • ‘Few tasks in any society are as sacred as the disposal of the dead, and that is even more true in a society with traditions of ancestor worship and Confucian respect for parents.’
    • ‘However, the Buddhists adapted their practices to include the Confucian custom of ancestor worship.’
    • ‘Many Central Africans still observe the traditional religion of ancestor worship, or animism.’
    • ‘A mixture of Shinto, Buddhism and ancestor worship has traditionally guided many Japanese martial practices.’
    • ‘But then, the further I go in this direction, the more it comes to resemble deity worship and my existing practices.’
    • ‘Although the Nama and Damara people do not practice ancestor worship, there are a few direct hints that these animals are related to deceased parents or ancestors.’
    • ‘The tradition of using portraits in ancestor worship reflects the faiths, customs, costumes, furniture and the art of painting.’
    • ‘The Dani have remained Stone Age farmers who practice ancestor worship and occasionally engage in tribal warfare.’
    • ‘The hair used in sheitls originates from India where women allegedly cut their hair during religious rituals involving idol worship.’
    • ‘Since Buddhism was not seen to be in conflict with the rites of nature worship, it was able to naturally blend in with Shamanism.’
    • ‘In late eighteenth and nineteenth century Bengal, the worship of Durga acquired meanings other than devotion as well.’
    • ‘Compassion, service, and a concern for justice are the imperative expressions of our divine worship.’
    • ‘Locals relate a lot of good omens to the tree and worship it on religious occasions.’
    • ‘Although idol worship is not indicated in Sikhism, many Sikhs attend Hindu temples.’
    • ‘Many Central Africans still observe the traditional religion of ancestor worship, or animism.’
    reverence, revering, worshipping, veneration, venerating, adoration, adoring, -olatry, devotion, praise, thanksgiving, praising, praying to, glorification, glorifying, glory, exaltation, exalting, extolment, extolling, homage, respect, honour, honouring, esteem
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    1. 1.1The acts or rites that make up a formal expression of reverence for a deity; a religious ceremony or ceremonies.
      ‘the church was opened for public worship’
      • ‘For millions of Hindus in India, religion interweaves private worship, public ritual, and ephemeral art.’
      • ‘Do not schedule anything on the retreat except morning and evening worship and meals.’
      • ‘People who return from Taize invariably speak of the beauty of the chanted songs that constitute its worship.’
      • ‘The Minster was probably never seen by ordinary people as their principal place of worship.’
      • ‘Senior monks at each monastery perform other ceremonies leading followers in worship and prayer.’
      • ‘Temple building is essential because a temple is necessary for public worship.’
      • ‘The performance of rites of worship must not prejudice public order or public morals.’
      • ‘When I was there, we were grateful to have seventy people at our one weekly service of public worship.’
      • ‘Let Us Pray consists of new prayers for public worship by twenty-nine pastors, predominantly Presbyterian.’
      • ‘Gerstenberger postulates a ‘liturgical corner’ in the house, which was a focus of religious worship.’
      • ‘The different pews found there reflect differing forms of worship down the centuries, from high church to non-conformist and back again.’
      • ‘A basic way we can make our work a form of worship is to introduce religious practices into our work routine.’
      • ‘At the center of congregational life is worship, religious education, and the arts, the last mainly related to music.’
      • ‘The replacement of a sacred language with the vernacular in English worship made religious reflection unavoidable.’
      • ‘Special religious worship and prayers were offered at the palace before the king and queen shifted residence, media reports said.’
      • ‘By the spring, churches were open for public worship only in the remotest corners of France, such as the Jura mountains.’
      • ‘The European Convention of Human Rights grants rights of religious worship and observance in public and private.’
      • ‘A fair number of young people attend worship, religious weddings take place and churches and mosques are being built.’
      • ‘But the Quaker meeting is the only form of Western religion I know that positions silence at the center of public worship.’
      • ‘The site was first used about 3500 BC and it continued to be a centre for religious ritual worship, drawing pilgrims from across the North, at least until 2500 BC.’
      service, church service, religious rite, religious act, prayer, prayer meeting, praise, devotion, religious observance
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    2. 1.2Adoration or devotion comparable to religious homage, shown toward a person or principle.
      ‘our society’s worship of teenagers’
      • ‘He wasn't snobby himself but he was the richest guy at Hilton and nothing attracts respect, admiration and worship to a person at a top notch private school than the most green in the place.’
      • ‘Devotion and worship are supposed to be spiritual and other worldly and money should scarcely come into the picture at all.’
      • ‘This episode may, in a way, serve as a good example of the negative consequences of the prevalence of money worship and the loss of moral values.’
      • ‘Sydney has gone for the fast money and fatuous celebrity worship - and suffered for it, writes Steve Cannane.’
      • ‘The worship of money and bling is hardly restricted to rappers and athletes.’
      • ‘As economic inequalities have deepened during the last several decades, the renewed worship of money has bred temptation at all levels.’
      • ‘Each excited an admiration alarmingly like worship.’
      • ‘All so they can make more money off your idol worship of them!’
      • ‘The unveiling of a new vehicle is usually a ceremony of hype, extravagance, and general worship towards the new demigod its manufacturers have created.’
      • ‘Such benefits, in tandem with fame and adulation that bordered on worship, unsurprisingly fuelled the desire to win at all costs and athletes were not above cheating to do so.’
      • ‘That dogmatic worship of relativism can only undermine the principle of any belief worth having, whether religious or secular.’
      • ‘They also cite concerns about the corrosive effects of the rapidly spreading worship of money, rampant corruption and the widening gap between rich and poor.’
      • ‘We've all heard this critique: Westerners have replaced spiritual authenticity with the empty worship of money and property.’
      • ‘To put it bluntly, it is the worship of money that was behind the transactions.’
      • ‘Your body is your temple, worship it and respect it.’
      • ‘It deals with modern lives, the worship of money and several other issues.’
      • ‘All religious scripts direct the son to follow, respect, care and worship mothers.’
      • ‘I do not use the term in the much-maligned sense of religious nationalism, or worship of the nation-state.’
      • ‘There he and all of his men but one performed a rite of worship to Shu Yu of Tang.’
      • ‘But scholarship demands that one abandon hero worship and employ critical standards and methods.’
      admiration, adulation, idolization, deification, lionization, hero-worship
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    3. 1.3archaic Honor given to someone in recognition of their merit.
    4. 1.4His/Your WorshipBritish as title Used in addressing or referring to an important or high-ranking person, especially a magistrate or mayor.
      ‘we were soon joined by His Worship the Mayor’
      • ‘Having enjoyed a couple of pre-match drinks, His Worship and a good sized crowd made their way out to the pitch, to see instead of the first team fixture a game between the Bury 3rd XV and a Liverpool St.Helens Development side.’
      • ‘Your Worship," said he, "will, I hope, take it into your consideration that if I had not been honest I might have kept the whole."’
      • ‘"Nay, sir," cries Dowling, "I would not have your worship think I would, on any account, be guilty of subornation of perjury; but there are two ways of delivering evidence."’

transitive verbworships, worshiping, worshiped, worshipping, worshipped

[with object]
  • 1Show reverence and adoration for (a deity); honor with religious rites.

    ‘the Maya built jungle pyramids to worship their gods’
    • ‘Templeton is like a temple for Bedloe, a place of highest reverence where deities are worshipped.’
    • ‘The original inhabitants of Oman were pantheists, worshiping various goddesses and gods.’
    • ‘The walls of temples were carved with images of Portuguese visitors and Arab traders, of Brahmins honouring the Buddha and Buddhists worshipping Hindu deities.’
    • ‘At festivals we decorate and honor her, but we do not worship her in the sense that we worship the Deity.’
    • ‘In fact, this freedom is at the root of the composite nature of Hinduism as they worship many deities.’
    • ‘Buddhists strive for a deep insight into the true nature of life and do not worship gods or deities.’
    • ‘Most Malaysian Indians are Hindus, and they worship a pantheon of gods.’
    • ‘The ancient Yemenis were polytheistic - they worshiped many different goddesses and gods.’
    • ‘The Mother Goddess is worshipped as Durga, but also assumes the form of local ammans, or goddesses, such as Mariamman, who protects against disease.’
    • ‘The books I looked at and bought spoke of people who once worshiped female deities rather than male ones.’
    • ‘In India, the most colourful and elaborate celebrations take part in Bengal, where huge idols of the goddess are worshipped.’
    • ‘The ancient world, or the religion that we're talking about, worshipped a pantheon of gods, a gallery of gods.’
    • ‘Here we have a main character, played by Indian actor Naseeruddin Shah, wearing Hindu clothing and worshiping the Goddess Kali.’
    • ‘Buschbeck explained that Hellenes do not worship the pantheon of 12 gods as deities.’
    • ‘Potato deities were worshipped and used for telling the time and treating illness.’
    • ‘Along the coast of south India, Hindus tend to worship local deities, most of them female and far down the Hindu hierarchy of divinities.’
    • ‘Visitors to the temple used to worship the deity in the morning and the crowd for the evening ceremony would be meagre.’
    • ‘His paintings, done in earthy colours, depicted men worshiping the kula deva, or clan god, in the form of linear drawings with geometric heads and bodies filled in with lines and triangles.’
    • ‘Shinto is the oldest known Japanese religion, yet it has no founder, no sacred scriptures like the Sutras or the Bible, and no single deity to be worshipped and revered.’
    • ‘The temple at Madurai is one of the few temples in India containing both male and female deities where the Goddess is always worshipped before the Gods.’
    revere, reverence, venerate, pay homage to, honour, adore, praise, pray to, bow down before, glorify, exalt, extol
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    1. 1.1no object Take part in a religious ceremony.
      ‘he went to the cathedral because he chose to worship in a spiritually inspiring building’
      • ‘Many on both left and right find congenial niches in which to worship, focusing their religious lives on the small church rather than the large one.’
      • ‘He said his aunt was well known in the area where she lived and was a religious woman who worshipped at the Church of the Nazarene.’
      • ‘Greetings and good wishes were brought by Gordon Darragh, from Windsor Baptist Church, Belfast, where the Wright family had been worshipping.’
      • ‘When J. C. Ryle became the first Bishop of Liverpool in 1880, he and his family worshipped at St Nathaniel's when not engaged elsewhere.’
      • ‘Under the law, voucher students can be taught about religion but cannot be forced to pray, worship or profess a religious belief.’
      • ‘He was an independent in religion, worshipping at the chapel Bunyan had served, a teetotaller, vegetarian, and a man of austere habits.’
      • ‘Slovaks affiliated with the major religions worship in established churches or synagogues.’
      • ‘Generations of African-American families have worshiped here, beginning with services held under a brush arbor prior to the Civil War.’
      • ‘They are simply exercising their birthright to worship as they choose.’
      • ‘The Constitution of the United States gives us the legal right to worship as we choose.’
      • ‘In the UK, however, all the sects and factions of the religion are free to worship and debate.’
      • ‘They invoked the elements and the ancient Welsh gods who their family had worshipped for millennia.’
      • ‘Each village has its own goddess or Gramadevata, often in the form of an idol worshipped under a sacred tree.’
      • ‘The names of nearly 2.5 million of the fallen are inscribed here, all of whom are considered to be divine spirits worshiped under Japan's pantheistic Shinto religion.’
      • ‘Ceiling and paint were added to the sanctuary in 1997 so the congregation wasn't worshipping under naked steel roof sheets.’
      • ‘Ask them to bring back suggestions of music that they hear and like when they are worshiping with other congregations or a great ‘theme song’ from a retreat or conference that gets their attention.’
      • ‘Emerson's survey also obtained higher figures when researchers asked individuals if they worshiped in mixed-race congregations.’
      • ‘Yes, I know that places are made sacred by the celebrations, prayers, and charity of the believers who worship in them.’
      • ‘A congregation's ritual of eating, learning and worshiping together all lend the theological impetus for continuing such practices in the home.’
      • ‘May we all therefore learn to worship, and to learn, in spirit and in truth.’
    2. 1.2Treat (someone or something) with the reverence and adoration appropriate to a deity.
      ‘she adores her sons and they worship her’
      • ‘Mary Torres, of Ratcliffe Street, York, nervously watched the game with her Argentine husband Pablo and four-year-old son Nico, who worships the South American side.’
      • ‘Newcastle's huge support turned out to worship their new legend, but they will need patience before he can blossom’
      • ‘Am I doomed for six more years of loving him, putting him on a pedestal, and worshipping him?’
      • ‘What we're poking fun at is the kind of people who take a symbol and worship that, which is what happens when people worship celebrity.’
      • ‘If they're willing to abandon their own grandchildren for the sake of worshipping their son's memory, then it's their loss, and let them go.’
      • ‘You should be on your knees kissing my feet thanking and worshipping me!’
      • ‘I longed for you, I worshipped you at your feet, come to me my rock star.’
      • ‘Therefore she absolutely worshipped her son although she had been greatly disappointed in his weak character.’
      • ‘It was plain to see that he was a total ‘player’ and he didn't like having a girl not worship his august self.’
      • ‘I actually went to college with his son Andy, a youth who worshipped the music of Phil Collins rather too much to be completely healthy.’
      • ‘All at once, Rena feels both like turning around to run out the door, and staring at him in frozen admiration - like a person worshipping a piece of art.’
      • ‘Harriet practically worships Emma, which is the last thing Emma's ego needs.’
      • ‘In their native countries (Spain and Italy respectively) they were practically worshiped.’
      • ‘I was asked to appear on covers of art magazines I had once worshipped.’


Old English weorthscipe ‘worthiness, acknowledgment of worth’ (see worth, -ship).