American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Worship of demons.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The worship of evil spirits; the worship of evil personified as a devil.
- n. Worship of demons.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The worship of demons.
- n. the acts or rites of worshiping devils
- demon + -latry (Wiktionary)
“In pagan times when divining sacrifice was offered it was idolatry, and even now divination is a kind of demonolatry or devil worship (d'Annibale).”
“a feeble polytheism -- a kind of demonolatry; for, as good spirits do not injure one, one's whole time is given to the propitiation of the evil.”
“The followers of Calvin were most deeply imbued with hatred and horror of Catholic practices, and, adopting the old prejudice or policy of their antagonists, they were willing to confound the superstitious rites of Catholicism with those of demonolatry.”
“A more copious list can be given of the champions of orthodoxy and demonolatry; of whom it is sufficient to enumerate the more notorious names -- Sprenger, Nider, Bodin, Del Rio, James VI.,”
“The Burmese are really as devoted to demonolatry as the hill-tribes who are labelled plain spirit-worshippers.”
“It was pliant and amalgamated easily with local observances, in China with funeral rites, in Tibet with demonolatry.”
“Nepal and forms some counterpoise to the prevalent demonolatry.”
“ It was formerly suggested that the fact of the Mahars being the chief worshippers at the shrines of Sheikh Farid indicated that the places themselves had been previously held sacred, and had been annexed by the Muhammadan priests; and the legend of the giant, who might represent the demonolatry of the aboriginal faith, being slain by the saint might be a parable, so to say, expressing this process.”
“The prevailing faith of the Dravidians, therefore, is demonolatry; and the myriad shrines in the villages and hamlets, and the daily rites conducted in them, attest the universal prevalence of this belief and the great place it has in the life of these so-called Hindus.”
“When about thirty years old, he lost his wife and his only child; and finding no comfort in his ancestral demonolatry, he turned to Buddhism for relief and retired to a mountain retreat and became known and esteemed among his people as a devout ascetic and a holy man.”
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