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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 ?
Not one whole or handsome one among them, all were outcasts till Beth took them in, for when her sisters outgrew these idols, they passed to her because Amy would have nothing old or ugly.
The little children of whom we have heard, those born under Syrian skies, have strange and interesting work to do for Thee, and some of us would like to travel in far lands and do wonderful brave things for the heathen and gently take away their idols of wood and stone.
He had room in his heart only for two idols - his wife and himself: he doted on both, and adored one, and I couldn't conceive how he would bear the loss.
There are some low minds (not many, I am happy to believe, but there are some) that would prefer to do what I should call bow down before idols.
Nor had they yet among the Sons of EVE Got them new Names, till wandring ore the Earth, Through Gods high sufferance for the tryal of man, By falsities and lyes the greatest part Of Mankind they corrupted to forsake God their Creator, and th' invisible Glory of him, that made them, to transform Oft to the Image of a Brute, adorn'd With gay Religions full of Pomp and Gold, And Devils to adore for Deities: Then were they known to men by various Names, And various Idols through the Heathen World.
They clung around the necks of the big stone idols and shrieked as they skipped along the battlements, while Mowgli, dancing in the summerhouse, put his eye to the screenwork and hooted owl-fashion between his front teeth, to show his derision and contempt.
Philip baptised, prevailed with her subjects to quit the worship of idols, and profess the faith of Jesus Christ.
You may fancy how Esther quailed at this new feature of the meeting between her two idols.
The missionaries sent on a heavenly errand, had sailed by their lovely shores, and had abandoned them to their idols of wood and stone.
Each of these medicine men has his idols carved in wood, representing the spirits of the air and of the fire, under some rude and grotesque form of a horse, a bear, a beaver, or other quadruped, or that of bird or fish.
They reminded him of what he had read of eastern and southern countries, in which grotesque idols and fetiches were sometimes taken out of their temples and carried abroad in golden chariots to be displayed to the multitude.
Jason was tur'ble praoud of his boy, an' I mistrusted all along 'twas a jedgment on worshippin' vain idols.