(Wor"ship), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Worshiped or Worshipped; p. pr. & vb. n. Worshiping or
1. To respect; to honor; to treat with civil reverence. [Obsoles.] Chaucer.
Our grave . . . shall have a tongueless mouth,Shak.
Not worshiped with a waxen epitaph.
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.
Syn. To adore; revere; reverence; bow to; honor.
(Wor"ship) v. i. 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.
(Wor`ship*a*bil"i*ty) n. The quality of being worthy to be worshiped. [R.] Coleridge.
(Wor"ship*a*ble) a. Capable of being worshiped; worthy of worship. [R.] Carlyle.
(Wor"ship*er) n. One who worships; one who pays divine honors to any being or thing; one
who adores. [Written also worshipper.]
(Wor"ship*ful) a. Entitled to worship, reverence, or high respect; claiming respect; worthy of
honor; often used as a term of respect, sometimes ironically. "This is worshipful society." Shak.
[She is] so dear and worshipful.Chaucer.
Wor"ship*ful*ly, adv. Wor"ship*ful*ness, n.
(Worst) a., superl. of Bad. [OE. werst, worste, wurste, AS. wyrst, wierst, wierrest. See
Worse, a.] Bad, evil, or pernicious, in the highest degree, whether in a physical or moral sense. See
Worse. "Heard so oft in worst extremes." Milton.
I have a wife, the worst that may be.Chaucer.
If thou hadst not been born the worst of men,Shak.
Thou hadst been a knave and flatterer.