Worship vs. Praise

By Jaxson

Main Difference

The main difference between Worship and Praise is that the Worship is a act of religious devotion and Praise is a positive evaluations made by a person of another’s products, performances, or attributes

  • Worship

    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. Such acts may involve honoring.

  • Praise

    Praise as a form of social interaction expresses recognition, reassurance or admiration.

    Praise is expressed verbally as well as by body language (facial expression and gestures).

    Verbal praise consists of a positive evaluations of another’s attributes or actions, where the evaluator presumes the validity of the standards on which the evaluation is based.As a form of social manipulation, praise becomes a form of reward and furthers behavioral reinforcement by conditioning.

    The influence of praise on an individual can depend on many factors, including the context, the meanings the praise may convey, and the characteristics and interpretations of the recipient.

    While praise may share some predictive relationships (both positive and negative) with tangible (material) rewards, praise tends to be less salient and expected, conveys more information about competence, and is typically given more immediately after the desired behavior.Praise is distinct from acknowledgement or feedback (more neutral forms of recognition) and from encouragement (expressedly future-oriented).Praise is given across social hierarchy, and both within the ingroup and towards an outgroup; it is an important aspect in the regulation of social hierarchy and the maintenance of group cohesion, influencing the potential for political action and social upheaval. When given by a dominant individual it takes the form of recognition and reassurance, reducing the potential of political action aiming for

    when given by a submissive to a dominant individual it takes the form of deference, admiration or exultation,

    or deification. Praise of gods may form part of religious rites and practices (see for example prayer of praise and praise and worship).

  • Worship (noun)

    The condition of being worthy; honour, distinction.

  • Worship (noun)

    The devotion accorded to a deity or to a sacred object.

  • Worship (noun)

    The ceremonies that express this devotion.

  • Worship (noun)

    Voluntary, utter submission; voluntary, utter deference.

  • Worship (noun)

    Ardent love.

  • Worship (noun)

    An object of worship.

  • Worship (noun)

    Honour; respect; civil deference.

  • Worship (verb)

    To reverence (a deity, etc.) with supreme respect and veneration; to perform religious exercises in honour of.

  • Worship (verb)

    To honour with extravagant love and extreme submission, as a lover; to adore; to idolize.

  • Worship (verb)

    To participate in religious ceremonies.

    “We worship at the church down the road.”

  • Praise (noun)

    commendation; favourable representation in words

  • Praise (noun)


  • Praise (verb)

    To give praise to; to commend, glorify, or worship.

    “Be sure to praise Bobby for his excellent work at school this week.”

    “Some of the passengers were heard praising God as the stricken plane landed safely.”

  • Praise (verb)

    express warm approval or admiration of

    “we can’t praise Chris enough—he did a brilliant job”

  • Praise (verb)

    express one’s respect and gratitude towards (a deity), especially in song

    “we praise God for past blessings”

  • Praise (noun)

    the expression of approval or admiration for someone or something

    “the audience was full of praise for the whole production”

  • Praise (noun)

    the expression of respect and gratitude as an act of worship

    “give praise to God”

Oxford Dictionary

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