idolatry


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i·dol·a·try

 (ī-dŏl′ə-trē)
n. pl. i·dol·a·tries
1. Worship of idols.
2. Blind or excessive devotion to something.

[Middle English idolatrie, from Old French, from Latin īdōlolatrīa, from Greek eidōlolatreiā : eidōlon, idol; see idol + latreiā, service.]

idolatry

(aɪˈdɒlətrɪ)
n
1. (Theology) the worship of idols
2. great devotion or reverence
iˈdolater, iˈdolator n
iˈdolatress fem n
iˈdolatrous adj
iˈdolatrously adv
iˈdolatrousness n

i•dol•a•try

(aɪˈdɒl ə tri)

n., pl. -tries.
1. the religious worship of idols.
2. excessive admiration or devotion.
[1200–50; Middle English < Medieval Latin īdōlatrīa]

Idolatry

 idols and other similar things and objects collectively.
Example: idolatries of the heathen, 1671.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.idolatry - religious zealidolatry - religious zeal; the willingness to serve God
worship - the activity of worshipping
Bible-worship, bibliolatry - the worship of the Bible
grammatolatry, verbolatry, word-worship - the worship of words
symbolatry, symbololatry, symbol-worship - the worship of symbols
anthropolatry, worship of man - the worship of human beings
gynaeolatry, gyneolatry, woman-worship - the worship of women
lordolatry - the worship of a lord because of his rank or title
miracle-worship, thaumatolatry - the worship of miracles
place-worship, topolatry - the worship of places
2.idolatry - the worship of idolsidolatry - the worship of idols; the worship of images that are not God
worship - the activity of worshipping
iconolatry - the worship of sacred images

idolatry

noun
1. idol worshipping, fetishism Idolatry was punishable by death.
2. adoration, adulation, hero worship, apotheosis, exaltation, glorification, idolizing, deification Their affection soon increased to almost idolatry.
Translations
حُب أعْمى إلى درجة العِبادَهعِبادَة الأوْثان او الأصْنام
modlářstvíuctívání
afgudsdyrkelsetilbedelse
bálványimádásbálványozás
dÿrkun; tilbeiîslaskurîgoîadÿrkun
modlárstvo
puta tapmaputperestliktaparcasına sevmetapma

idolatry

[aɪˈdɒlətrɪ] Nidolatría f

idolatry

[aɪˈdɒlətri] n
(= excessive admiration) → idolâtrie f

idolatry

n (lit)Götzendienst m, → Götzenverehrung f; (fig)Vergötterung f, → abgöttische Verehrung

idolatry

[aɪˈdɒlətrɪ] n (old) → idolatria

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 ?
Mr Allworthy answered to all this, and much more, which the captain had urged on this subject, "That, however guilty the parents might be, the children were certainly innocent: that as to the texts he had quoted, the former of them was a particular denunciation against the Jews, for the sin of idolatry, of relinquishing and hating their heavenly King; and the latter was parabolically spoken, and rather intended to denote the certain and necessary consequences of sin, than any express judgment against it.
He told me he would use the same freedom and plainness in the second, and hoped I would take it as well; and this was, that notwithstanding these English subjects of mine, as he called them, had lived with these women almost seven years, had taught them to speak English, and even to read it, and that they were, as he perceived, women of tolerable understanding, and capable of instruction, yet they had not, to this hour, taught them anything of the Christian religion--no, not so much as to know there was a God, or a worship, or in what manner God was to be served, or that their own idolatry, and worshipping they knew not whom, was false and absurd.
We never cared any thing about ice-cream at home, but we look upon it with a sort of idolatry now that it is so scarce in these red-hot climates of the East.
If she had any sense of humour, it must amuse her that he should place her on a pedestal and worship her with such an honest idolatry, but even while she laughed she must have been pleased and touched.
But even at an earlier age I no longer worshipped at a single shrine; there were many gods in the temple of my idolatry, and I bowed the knee to them all in a devotion which, if it was not of one quality, was certainly impartial.
Perchance he has destined us to deliver the children from the more cruel bondage of ignorance and idolatry.
If I doubted, should I cast away relatives, friends, everything, for this unhappy country's sake; this unhappy country,' he cried, springing up in bed, after repeating the phrase 'unhappy country's sake' to himself, at least a dozen times, 'forsaken of God and man, delivered over to a dangerous confederacy of Popish powers; the prey of corruption, idolatry, and despotism
I grew afraid that others would know of my idolatry.
Put me in mind, Louisa, to lend him the homily ‘against peril of idolatry,’ at his next visit.
Her sex once ascertained, their idolatry was changed into contempt and there was no end to the contumely showered upon her by the savages, who were exasperated at the deception which they conceived had been practised upon them.
Welland was the central object of their idolatry, it never occurred to his wife and May to let him go to St.
D'Artagnan found Porthos in the adjoining chamber; but no longer an irritated Porthos, or a disappointed Porthos, but Porthos radiant, blooming, fascinating, and chattering with Moliere, who was looking upon him with a species of idolatry, and as a man would who had not only never seen anything greater, but not even ever anything so great.