golden calf

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golden calf

n.
1. In the Bible, a golden image of a calf fashioned by Aaron and worshiped by the Israelites while Moses was on Mount Sinai.
2.
a. Money as an object of worship; mammon.
b. The subject of intense veneration: "We create a golden calf ... every time we take something of the earth and declare it exempt from the laws of history" (James Carroll).

golden calf

n
1. (Bible) Old Testament
a. an idol made by Aaron and set up for the Israelites to worship (Exodus 32)
b. either of two similar idols set up by Jeroboam I at Dan and Bethel in the northern kingdom (I Kings 12:28–30)
2. informal the pursuit or idolization of material wealth

gold′en calf′


n.
1. a golden idol set up by Aaron. Ex. 32.
2. either of the two similar idols set up by Jeroboam. I Kings 12:28, 29.
3. money or material goods.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.golden calf - (Old Testament) an idol made by Aaron for the Israelites to worshipgolden 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
graven image, idol, god - a material effigy that is worshipped; "thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image"; "money was his god"
Old Testament - the collection of books comprising the sacred scripture of the Hebrews and recording their history as the chosen people; the first half of the Christian Bible