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Veneration of the Virgin Mary regarded as constituting idolatrous worship.

Mar′i·ol′a·ter n.
Mar′i·ol′a·trous adj.
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(ˌmɛərɪˈɒlətrɪ) or


(Roman Catholic Church) derogatory exaggerated veneration of the Virgin Mary
ˌMariˈolater, ˌMaryˈolater n
ˌMariˈolatrous, ˌMaryˈolatrous adj
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(ˌmɛər iˈɒl ə tri)

extreme veneration of the Virgin Mary.
Mar`i•ol′a•ter, n.
Mar`i•ol′a•trous, adj.
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an excessive and proscribed veneration of the Virgin Mary. — Mariolater, n. — Mariolatrous, adj.
See also: Mary
the cult of the Blessed Virgin Mary. — Mariolater, n. — Mariolatrous, adj.
See also: Catholicism
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[ˌmɛərɪˈɒlətrɪ] Nmariolatría f
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