- n. Plural form of household god.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Rom. Antiq.) the gods presiding over the house and family; the
Laresand Penates; hence, all objects endeared by association with home.
“Sententious sage! so it is: but I swear by my household gods not to abuse it.”
“Lares and Penates The Roman household gods or gods of the field—of granaries and storage cupboards, all things that enabled a family to live safely and comfortably.”
“Although the Hebrews sometimes call those images T+R+P+J+M% (teraphim,) which are not set forth as objects of worship: yet since this term is commonly used in an ill sense, I do not doubt that they were the household gods of Laban.”
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