American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. One who worships idols.
- n. One who blindly or excessively admires or adores another.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A worshiper of idols; one who pays divine honors to images, statues, or representations of anything; one who worships as a deity that which is not God.
- n. An adorer; a devotee; a great admirer.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A worshiper of idols; one who pays divine honors to images, statues, or representations of anything made by hands; one who worships as a deity that which is not God; a pagan.
- n. An adorer; a great admirer.
- n. a person who worships idols
- From French idolatre, from Latin idololatra. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English idolatre, from Old French, from Latin īdōlolatrēs, from Greek eidōlolatrēs : eidōlon, idol; see idol + -latrēs, worshiper. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Ahaz was described as an idolater who cooperated with the Assyrians.”
“And yet because this leads to erroneous belief on the part of the people, who are inclined to worship the image itself instead of God (for the people cannot discriminate between the outward act and its idea), the Bible punishes idolatry with death, and calls the idolater a man who angers”
“About the days when he was "one of Baal's shaven sort," in his own phrase; when he was himself an "idolater," and a priest of the altar: about the details of his conversion, Knox is mute.”
“Haran dies at the feet of his father, Terah, who, we learn elsewhere, was not merely an idolater but actually made idols for a living—a true master of idolatrous power-logic.”
“The idolater in me, the superstitious troglodyte, whispers: Pssst.”
“I secretly revere it, as the idolater in me awakens once again.”
“On the one hand, a person who gets angry about things that he has no control over is considered as an idolater.”
“He married the daughter of an idolater, and thereby betrayed the way of Israel (= Jacob), who had been careful not to marry the daughters of the land (Tanhuma [ed. Buber], Vayeshev 9).”
“If you answer yes to the first question, you are -- according to the Bible -- an idolater.”
“At that time if you were not an idolater - and were follower of a religion based on a prophet and a holy book and believed in One God - then you wereJewish.”
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