• (noun): 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.
  • (verb-transitive): To honor and love as a deity.
  • (verb-transitive): To regard with ardent or adoring esteem or devotion. See Synonyms at revere1.
  • (verb-intransitive): To participate in religious rites of worship.
  • (verb-intransitive): To perform an act of worship.

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  • (noun): a feeling of profound love and admiration
  • (noun): the activity of worshipping
  • (verb): attend religious services; "They worship in the traditional manner"
  • (verb): show devotion to (a deity); "Many Hindus worship Shiva"
  • (verb): love unquestioningly and uncritically or to excess; venerate as an idol; "Many teenagers idolized the Beatles"

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Worship is an act of religious devotion usually directed towards a deity. An act of worship may be performed individually, in an informal or formal group, or by a designated leader.

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  • 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_.

  • He knew that, next to the worship of God, the true _worship_ of a fellow-creature, in the old meaning of the word, is the most potent thing for deliverance.

  • Massachusetts Bay assumed not merely the liberty of worship for themselves, but _the liberty of prohibiting any other form of worship, and of proscribing and banishing all who would not join in their worship_; that is, doing in Massachusetts what they complained so loudly of the King and Laud doing in England.

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