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Definition the worship of idols (physical objects representative of gods)


excessive admiration and devotion to something or someone

More rarely, "idolatry" can mean "excessive admiration for someone or something".
  • Her admiration borders on idolatry.
idolatry = the worship of an object as though it were a god
  • The church has no cross because the congregation believes it encourages idolatry.
  • idolatry = the worship of physical objects
  • Withdraw from the idolatry of the superfluous!
    Nietzsche, Friedrich  --  Thus Spake Zarathustra: A Book For All And None
  • he saw the city wholly given up to idolatry.
    Twain, Mark  --  The Innocents Abroad
  • Love was above all earthly considerations, and I loved Dora to idolatry, and Dora loved me.
    Dickens, Charles  --  David Copperfield
  • [the Jews believe] After several hundred years, because of rampant idolatry, God allowed Assyria to conquer Israel and exile its people.
    Judaism - Wikipedia  -- (retrieved 05/20/06)
  •   Do not swear at all;
      Or if thou wilt, swear by thy gracious self,
      Which is the god of my idolatry,
      And I'll believe thee.
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • idolatry = worship (of something on earth as though it were a god)
  • Had Washington been born in the days of idolatry, declared the Pennsylvania journal, he would be worshiped as a god.
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
  • On the contrary, they have actually helped to build up his prestige by publishing brainless, idolatrous portraits.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • We particularly observed this idolatry near the river Arguna, at a city inhabited by Tartars and Russians, called Nerisinkey.
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • To fill the Lord's holy temple with an idolatrous crowd clamouring for signs was a folly of everlasting consequence.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • Thou shalt be worshipp'd, kiss'd, lov'd, and ador'd, And, were there sense in his idolatry, My substance should be statue in thy stead.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Two Gentlemen of Verona
  • The message was changed to a form of idolatry.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • Fear, idolatry, hoarding.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • They were ideas, to my young mind, of rebellion and independence, not of idolatry.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe II
  • They never join their voices in praise, and it would seem that they are among the profanest of the idolatrous.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • Love was above all earthly considerations, and I loved Dora to idolatry, and Dora loved me.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • Scandalous Worship Of Images Besides the Idolatrous Worship of Images, there is also a Scandalous Worship of them; which is also a sin; but not Idolatry.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • The lady, indeed, bore a very fair likeness to a reverend effigy in some idolatrous shrine.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • I felt they were too idolatrous and monumental.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March

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