worship


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Worship \Wor"ship\, v. i.
   To perform acts of homage or adoration; esp., to perform
   religious service.
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         Our fathers worshiped in this mountain; and ye say that
         in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.
                                                  --John iv. 20.
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         Was it for this I have loved . . . and worshiped in
         silence?                                 --Longfellow.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Worship \Wor"ship\, n. [OE. worshipe, wur[eth]scipe, AS.
   weor[eth]scipe; weor[eth] worth + -scipe -ship. See Worth,
   a., and -ship.]
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   1. Excellence of character; dignity; worth; worthiness.
      [Obs.] --Shak.
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            A man of worship and honour.          --Chaucer.
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            Elfin, born of noble state,
            And muckle worship in his native land. --Spenser.
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   2. Honor; respect; civil deference. [Obs.]
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            Of which great worth and worship may be won.
                                                  --Spenser.
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            Then shalt thou have worship in the presence of them
            that sit at meat with thee.           --Luke xiv.
                                                  10.
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   3. Hence, a title of honor, used in addresses to certain
      magistrates and others of rank or station.
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            My father desires your worships' company. --Shak.
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   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." --Milton.
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            The worship of God is an eminent part of religion,
            and prayer is a chief part of religious worship.
                                                  --Tillotson.
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   5. Obsequious or submissive respect; extravagant admiration;
      adoration.
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            '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.
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   6. An object of worship.
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            In attitude and aspect formed to be
            At once the artist's worship and despair.
                                                  --Longfellow.
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   Devil worship, Fire worship, Hero worship, etc. See
      under Devil, Fire, Hero, etc.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Worship \Wor"ship\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. WorshipedWorshipped;
   p. pr. & vb. n. Worshiping or Worshipping.]
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   1. To respect; to honor; to treat with civil reverence.
      [Obsoles.] --Chaucer.
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            Our grave . . . shall have a tongueless mouth,
            Not worshiped with a waxen epitaph.   --Shak.
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            This holy image that is man God worshipeth. --Foxe.
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   2. To pay divine honors to; to reverence with supreme respect
      and veneration; to perform religious exercises in honor
      of; to adore; to venerate.
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            But God is to be worshiped.           --Shak.
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            When all our fathers worshiped stocks and stones.
                                                  --Milton.
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   3. To honor with extravagant love and extreme submission, as
      a lover; to adore; to idolize.
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            With bended knees I daily worship her. --Carew.
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   Syn: To adore; revere; reverence; bow to; honor.
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