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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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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.
Indeed, Mary Chapman observes that the iconolatry of the nineteenth century determined that women exercise "a 'regulating, refining power' over men, not as much through their words or actions as through their physical appearance, which was considered an index of moral purity" (19).
Widescreen lensing by Jeffrey Kimball (on primarily Australian locations) is duly handsome, if overinclined toward hair-blown, slo-mo iconolatry so poised it evokes top-of-the-line TV adverts.