Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Excessive veneration or worship of the Virgin Mary.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Worship of the Virgin Mary, especially to an excessive degree.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The worship of the Virgin Mary.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The worship or religious veneration of the Virgin Mary: used with the intention of implying that it is equivalent to or trenches upon the worship due to God only (latria).

Etymologies

Maria +‎ -latry (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • A witty member of the Mission once said they were given over to "Mariolatry" -- an allusion to her first name.

    Mary Slessor of Calabar: Pioneer Missionary

  • The doctrines of the Church are too serious and too ancient to be wilfully misstated, and the doctrines of what is called Mariolatry were never even doctrines of the

    Mont-Saint-Michel and Chartres

  • That's "Mariolatry," which is condemned by Catholicism.

    No she ain't

  • Frances Power Cobbe, though deprecating the doctrine of "Mariolatry," as she terms the worship of the

    History of Woman Suffrage, Volume II

  • Now it must be observed that the writings of St. Alfonso, as I knew them by the extracts commonly made from them, prejudiced me as much against the Roman Church as anything else, on account of what was called their "Mariolatry;" but there was nothing of the kind in this book.

    Apologia pro Vita Sua

  • "Mariolatry;" but there was nothing of the kind in this book.

    Apologia Pro Vita Sua

  • I am inclined, however, to think it more probable that Muhammed had heard of Mariolatry and of the “mother of God,” a title which then was a highly popular catchword, and that the apotheosis of Jesus was known to him and also the doctrine of the Trinity by name.

    Mohammed’s “Jesus”

  • But progressives, tutored by Biblical scholars, succeeded in curbing what some saw as dangerous deviation toward Mariolatry.

    Hail, Mary

  • Person and Saint-worship had virtually dethroned the Deity; whilst Mariolatry had made the faith a religio muliebris, and superstition had drawn from its horrid fecundity an incredible number of heresies and monstrous absurdities.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Apart from not wanting a bird's eye view of the saintly schlong, I'm guessing it's to do with the secret of Mariolatry.

    Slate article about John and Sarah that makes me think of Charles and Diana.

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