graven image


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graven image

n.
An idol or fetish carved in wood or stone.

graven image

n
(Bible) chiefly Bible a carved image used as an idol

grav′en im′age


n.
an idol carved from stone or wood.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.graven image - a material effigy that is worshippedgraven image - a material effigy that is worshipped; "thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image"; "money was his god"
effigy, simulacrum, image - a representation of a person (especially in the form of sculpture); "the coin bears an effigy of Lincoln"; "the emperor's tomb had his image carved in stone"
golden calf - (Old Testament) an idol made by Aaron for the Israelites to worship; destroyed by Moses; it is now used to refer to anything worshipped undeservedly
joss - a Chinese god worshipped in the form of an idol
Juggernaut - a crude idol of Krishna
References in classic literature ?
He threaded his way back to the ferry landing, found nobody at large there, and walked boldly on board the boat, for he knew she was tenantless except that there was a watchman, who always turned in and slept like a graven image.
There was a graven image of Desire Painted with red blood on a ground of gold.
He went in again, and put his right hand on the latch of the door to close it--but he did not close it: he was arrested, as he had been already since his loss, by the invisible wand of catalepsy, and stood like a graven image, with wide but sightless eyes, holding open his door, powerless to resist either the good or the evil that might enter there.
He saw him sign to his men that he had come upon that which he sought and he saw him pass out of sight toward the north, and still Korak sat like a graven image, with a heart that bled in dumb misery.
He did not ask why, but stood like a graven image while my eyes watched the strange thing that meant so much to us.
The position was not such as the waiting beast of prey desired, and so, with the infinite patience of the wild hunter, the ape-man crouched motionless and silent as a graven image until the fruit should be ripe for the plucking.
To this crib I always took my doll; human beings must love something, and, in the dearth of worthier objects of affection, I contrived to find a pleasure in loving and cherishing a faded graven image, shabby as a miniature scarecrow.
One night, some days after her arrival, she developed a skittishness of manner which has since disappeared, and tried to be playful with him; but you might as well try to be playful with a graven image.
If so, a more undeniable guarantee could not be given,' said Mrs General to Mr Dorrit, raising her gloves and bowing her head, as if she were doing homage to some visible graven image.
Kory-Kory--who seemed to have devoted considerable attention to the study of theology, as he knew the names of all the graven images in the valley, and often repeated them over to me--likewise entertained some rather enlarged ideas with regard to the character and pretensions of Moa Artua.
Hertzler would be violating his religion by taking a graven image of himself," the complaint argues.
5) 22 Musical pets, taking chopped up pistachios (4) 23 The graven image of a superstar?