Definition of worshipful in English:

worshipful

adjective

  • 1Feeling or showing reverence and adoration:

    ‘her voice was full of worshipful admiration’
    • ‘And then there's Galvin, who's living life every day in a worshipful way.’
    • ‘Speak of Jackson Pollack, Willem DeKooning and Mark Rothko with worshipful tears glistening in your upturned eyes, taking frequent breaks to compose yourself in between bursts of praise.’
    • ‘Sadly, the Empress is quite pacific, though if her intention was to appear worshipful, she didn't quite succeed.’
    • ‘The scene of the triumphant general returning to the city with his army and the worshipful women and children swarming to greet them is nothing less than magnificent.’
    • ‘She was there with the cast of ‘Living Single’ and showing much love to a worshipful crowd.’
    • ‘So many people I talked to seemed enthusiastic about Marden, worshipful of Richter and excited about Williams; newspapers and magazines were full of praise for their work.’
    • ‘Then there is the slavish devotion of these girls to Wataru, which (so far, at least) is completely unearned - what has he done to deserve their high, almost worshipful regard?’
    • ‘Militarily, Longacre is rather more critical of Chamberlain's accomplishments as a soldier than many other recent historians, who have tended to be rather worshipful.’
    • ‘Although Taylor's soldiers have their moments of pugnacious camaraderie, their relations to the women are far more respectful, even worshipful, than Robbins' testosterone-laced sailors.’
    • ‘She gets an ovation, even before the first note, in the ritual that, like the hearty applause and worshipful bravos between each song, sets her in stone as the ‘grand lady of French song.’’
    • ‘He has been branded ‘the new Dylan’ and ‘indie rock's dark prince ’, and has gained an increasingly worshipful following.’
    • ‘Although this diligent re-creation of Japanese details seems respectful - even worshipful - of the culture, the tribute comes intermingled with insults.’
    • ‘He has already had a king-like, seven-day funeral and a tsunami of worshipful media coverage.’
    • ‘People who do enjoy it, do so on such an immense, worshipful and salutatory level that it can be a little overwhelming to actually think a book can be that good and life changing.’
    • ‘I am in worshipful awe of people who can pick up an instrument and simply compose new music.’
    • ‘Following the example of Anselm, who crafted his arguments for divine existence in the context of prayer, our theologizing was always conducted in a mood of worshipful reverence.’
    • ‘I fear that this worshipful praise drowns out criticism and that we are robbed of the benefits of conducting an open public debate over the course of economic policy.’
    • ‘Hosted by David Ogden Stiers, this is a substantive and well-researched look at the history of the film, although it does tend to be rather worshipful of Walt, as is regular Company practice.’
    • ‘This closeness is not the same as the worshipful, reverent, faithfulness with which I used to pray to the Christian God in the past.’
    • ‘Inness's painting was given a cordial reception by the newspaper critics if not the worshipful praise that often greeted the pictures he exhibited at this stage of his career.’
    flattering, complimentary, highly favourable, commendatory, enthusiastic, glowing, appreciative, praising, worshipping, worshipful, reverential, lionizing, blandishing, acclamatory, rhapsodic, eulogistic, laudatory, fulsome
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    1. 1.1archaic Entitled to honour or respect.
      respectful, reverential, worshipping, worshipful, adoring, loving, admiring, devoted, devout, dutiful, awed
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  • 2British Used in titles given to justices of the peace and to certain old companies or their officers:

    ‘the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths’
    • ‘And in 1986 she became a Lady Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths.’
    • ‘The quote actually referred to Davidson's announcement in April that he was going to be sworn in as a Worshipful Master of the Freemasons.’

Pronunciation:

worshipful

/ˈwəːʃɪpfʊl/