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Worship of icons or images.

i′co·nol′a·ter n.
i′con·o·lat′ric (ī′kŏn-ə-lăt′rĭk) adj.


(Eastern Church (Greek & Russian Orthodox)) the worship or adoration of icons as idols
ˌicoˈnolater n
ˌicoˈnolatrous adj


(ˌaɪ kəˈnɒl ə tri)

the worship or adoration of icons.


the worship or adoration of images. Also called idolatry. — iconolater, n.
See also: Images
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.iconolatry - the worship of sacred images
idol worship, idolatry - the worship of idols; the worship of images that are not God
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Among their topics are from hexameters to 15-syllable verse, monasticism and iconolatry: Theodore Stoudites, poetry on commission in late Byzantium (13th-15th centuries), Byzantine poetry at the Norman court of Sicily around 1130 to 1200, hymn writing in Byzantium: forms and writers, and Byzantine verse romances.
Why this differing relationship with the iconolatry of faraway India and that of the homeland?
Their worldview is of particular consequence for visual art (which is "predisposed to the idolatrous") because it resists the temptations not only of iconolatry, the worship of the image, but also of iconoclasm, which likewise attributes to the image a supernatural power, even if it does so only in order to destroy it.
Personality cults and iconolatry are the hallmarks of closed regimented polities, not of pluralist open polities.
In his controversial theological disquisitions, notably in the treatise "De reliquiis et imaginibus sanctorum," the Jesuit theologian Robert Bellarmine (1542-1621) elucidates the question of iconolatry through the example of almsgiving: "for who worships someone's image worships it without a doubt for the sake of the one whose image it is, and thus the worship that is truly rendered, flows back to the archetype.
Asked whether this was mocking Che, or iconolatry, Nahle replied, "No.
Thus, while Godwin acknowledges the relatively unenlightened character of the Middle Ages, contrary to Gibbon, he views the iconolatry of the medieval church as inevitable, appropriate and salutary.