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i·dol

 (īd′l)
n.
1.
a. An image used as an object of worship.
b. A false god.
2. One that is adored, often blindly or excessively.

[Middle English, from Old French idole, from Late Latin īdōlum, from Greek eidōlon, phantom, idol, from eidos, form; see weid- in Indo-European roots.]

idol

(ˈaɪdəl)
n
1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) a material object, esp a carved image, that is worshipped as a god
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) Christianity Judaism any being (other than the one God) to which divine honour is paid
3. a person who is revered, admired, or highly loved
[C13: from Late Latin īdōlum, from Latin: image, from Greek eidōlon, from eidos shape, form]

i•dol

(ˈaɪd l)

n.
1. an image or other material object representing a deity and worshiped as such.
2. (in the Bible) a deity other than God.
3. a person or thing devotedly or excessively admired.
4. a mere image or semblance of something, visible but without substance.
5. a false notion; fallacy.
[1200–50; Middle English < Late Latin īdōlum < Greek eídōlon image, idol]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.idol - a material effigy that is worshippedidol - 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
2.idol - someone who is adored blindly and excessivelyidol - someone who is adored blindly and excessively
heartthrob - an object of infatuation
principal, star, lead - an actor who plays a principal role
3.idol - an ideal instanceidol - an ideal instance; a perfect embodiment of a concept
ideal - the idea of something that is perfect; something that one hopes to attain
gold standard - a paragon of excellence; "academic education is the gold standard against which other educational activity is pejoratively judged"

idol

noun
1. hero, superstar, pin-up, favourite, pet, darling, beloved (slang), fave (informal) They cheered as they caught sight of their idol.
2. graven image, god, image, deity, pagan symbol They shaped the substance into idols that were eaten ceremoniously.
Translations
صَنَم، وَثَنمَعْبود
idolmodla
gudebilledeidol
epäjumalankuvaidoli
átrúnaîargoîskurîgoî, hjáguî
dievinimasgarbindamas kaip stabąstabmeldystėstabus garbinantis
elks
idol
idolmalik
çok sevilen kişigöz bebeğiput

idol

[ˈaɪdl] Nídolo m

idol

[ˈaɪdəl] n
(= statue) → idole f
(= hero) → idole f
a teen idol → une idole des jeunes
a fallen idol → une étoile déchue

idol

n (lit)Götze m, → Götzenbild nt; (fig)Idol nt, → Abgott m; (Film, TV etc) → Idol nt; a teen idolein Teenageridol nt; a fallen idolein gefallenes Idol

idol

[ˈaɪdl] nidolo

idol

(ˈaidl) noun
1. an image of a god, which is worshipped. The tribesmen bowed down before their idol.
2. a greatly loved person, thing etc. The singer was the idol of thousands of teenagers.
idolatry (aiˈdolətri) noun
1. the worship of idols.
2. too great admiration, especially of a person.
iˈdolatrous adjective
iˈdolatrously adverb
ˈidolize, ˈidolise verb
to love or admire a person etc greatly or too much. She idolized her older brother.
References in classic literature ?
Next day, having seen both the old and young gentleman out of the house, Beth, after two or three retreats, fairly got in at the side door, and made her way as noiselessly as any mouse to the drawing room where her idol stood.
To save you the trouble of wading through a lot of scientific detail, which I know you don't care about, I'll tell you that the story is about a queer idol of solid gold, weighing many pounds, and, in consequence, of great value.
For the girl grew to be beautiful and gentle, affectionate and sincere,--the idol of Valmonde.
The vapor of the broiled fish arose like incense from the shrine of a barbarian idol, while the fragrance of the Mocha might have gratified the nostrils of a tutelary Lar, or whatever power has scope over a modern breakfast-table.
At last extinguishing the fire, he took the idol up very unceremoniously, and bagged it again in his grego pocket as carelessly as if he were a sportsman bagging a dead woodcock.
In fact, placed before the strict and piercing truth, this whole story will fare like that fish, flesh, and fowl idol of the Philistines, Dagon by name; who being planted before the ark of Israel, his horse's head and both the palms of his hands fell off from him, and only the stump or fishy part of him remained.
Not the elegant prince of our debauched and vicious art, not the jeweled idol of our society churches--but the Jesus of the awful reality, the man of sorrow and pain, the outcast, despised of the world, who had nowhere to lay his head--"
When Rowena, the dearest thing his heart knew, the idol of his secret worship, invited him in, the "nigger" in him made an embarrassed excuse and was afraid to enter and sit with the dread white folks on equal terms.
The titter that rippled around the room appeared to abash the boy, but in reality that result was caused rather more by his worshipful awe of his unknown idol and the dread pleasure that lay in his high good fortune.
He thought himself her idol, ugly as he was: he believed, as he said, that she preferred his "taille d'athlete" to the elegance of the Apollo Belvidere.
interposed Linton, greatly shocked at the double fault of falsehood and violence which his idol had committed.
His noble unconsciousness of his own heroism -- the artless modesty with which he described his own acts of dauntless endurance and devoted courage, without an idea that they were anything more than plain acts of duty to which he was bound by the vocation that he followed -- raised him to a place in her estimation so hopelessly high above her that she became uneasy and impatient until she had pulled down the idol again which she herself had set up.