Also found in: Thesaurus.


1. Excessive adherence to a literal interpretation of the Bible.
2. Extreme devotion to or concern with books.

bib′li·ol′a·ter n.
bib′li·ol′a·trous adj.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.


1. (Bible) someone who reveres the Bible
2. a person who shows excessive admiration for a book
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014

bibliolater, bibliolatrist

a person who is excessively fond of books. See also bible.
See also: Books
a person who respects the Bible excessively and interprets it literally.
See also: Bible
-Ologies & -Isms. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
Mentioned in ?
References in periodicals archive ?
He was not a bibliolater, but he understood the persuasive power, the potential iconoclasm, of literature.
Between that rather raffish noun and adjective of over-indulgence, come Bible, biblical, bibliolater, bibliomania, bibliophil, bibliopol and of course, bibliography.
For example, bibliolaters failed to see that the Book of Job was a dialogue and treated the "insufferable half-truths" of Job's comforters as of equal value with Job's own "pathetic appeals and close and powerful reasoning" (Coleridge 54).