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 for Devil worship
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.
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              Then shalt thou have worship in the presence of them
              that sit at meat with thee.           --Luke xiv.
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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.
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     5. Obsequious or submissive respect; extravagant admiration;
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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.
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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 :

  Devil \Dev"il\, n. [AS. de['o]fol, de['o]ful; akin to G. ?eufel,
     Goth. diaba['u]lus; all fr. L. diabolus the devil, Gr. ? the
     devil, the slanderer, fr. ? to slander, calumniate, orig., to
     throw across; ? across + ? to throw, let fall, fall; cf. Skr.
     gal to fall. Cf. Diabolic.]
     1. The Evil One; Satan, represented as the tempter and
        spiritual of mankind.
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              [Jesus] being forty days tempted of the devil.
                                                    --Luke iv. 2.
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              That old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which
              deceiveth the whole world.            --Rev. xii. 9.
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     2. An evil spirit; a demon.
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              A dumb man possessed with a devil.    --Matt. ix.
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     3. A very wicked person; hence, any great evil. "That devil
        Glendower." "The devil drunkenness." --Shak.
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              Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a
              devil?                                --John vi. 70.
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     4. An expletive of surprise, vexation, or emphasis, or,
        ironically, of negation. [Low]
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              The devil a puritan that he is, . . . but a
              timepleaser.                          --Shak.
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              The things, we know, are neither rich nor rare,
              But wonder how the devil they got there. --Pope.
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     5. (Cookery) A dish, as a bone with the meat, broiled and
        excessively peppered; a grill with Cayenne pepper.
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              Men and women busy in baking, broiling, roasting
              oysters, and preparing devils on the gridiron. --Sir
                                                    W. Scott.
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     6. (Manuf.) A machine for tearing or cutting rags, cotton,
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     Blue devils. See under Blue.
     Cartesian devil. See under Cartesian.
     Devil bird (Zool.), one of two or more South African drongo
        shrikes ({Edolius retifer, and Edolius remifer),
        believed by the natives to be connected with sorcery.
     Devil may care, reckless, defiant of authority; -- used
        adjectively. --Longfellow.
     Devil's apron (Bot.), the large kelp ({Laminaria
        saccharina, and Laminaria longicruris) of the Atlantic
        ocean, having a blackish, leathery expansion, shaped
        somewhat like an apron.
     Devil's coachhorse. (Zool.)
        (a) The black rove beetle ({Ocypus olens). [Eng.]
        (b) A large, predacious, hemipterous insect ({Prionotus
            cristatus); the wheel bug. [U.S.]
     Devil's darning-needle. (Zool.) See under Darn, v. t.
     Devil's fingers, Devil's hand (Zool.), the common British
        starfish ({Asterias rubens); -- also applied to a sponge
        with stout branches. [Prov. Eng., Irish & Scot.]
     Devil's riding-horse (Zool.), the American mantis ({Mantis
     The Devil's tattoo, a drumming with the fingers or feet.
        "Jack played the Devil's tattoo on the door with his boot
        heels." --F. Hardman (Blackw. Mag.).
     Devil worship, worship of the power of evil; -- still
        practiced by barbarians who believe that the good and evil
        forces of nature are of equal power.
     Printer's devil, the youngest apprentice in a printing
        office, who runs on errands, does dirty work (as washing
        the ink rollers and sweeping), etc. "Without fearing the
        printer's devil or the sheriff's officer." --Macaulay.
     Tasmanian devil (Zool.), a very savage carnivorous
        marsupial of Tasmania ({Dasyurus ursinus syn. Diabolus
     To play devil with, to molest extremely; to ruin. [Low]
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From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  44 Moby Thesaurus words for "devil worship":
     Black Mass, Druidism, Parsiism, Sabaism, Satanism, Zoroastrianism,
     animal worship, black magic, chthonian worship, demonism,
     demonography, demonolatry, demonology, demonomancy, demonomy,
     demonry, devil lore, devilry, diablerie, diabolism, diabology,
     diabolology, fetishism, fire worship, heathenism, hero worship,
     iconoduly, iconolatry, idol worship, idolatrousness, idolatry,
     idolism, idolodulia, idolomancy, image worship, paganism,
     phallic worship, phallicism, pyrolatry, snake worship, sorcery,
     star worship, sun worship, tree worship

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