Definitions

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

  • n. One who worships idols.
  • n. One who blindly or excessively admires or adores another.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who worships idols; (historical) a pagan.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a person who worships idols

Etymologies

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)
From French idolatre, from Latin idololatra. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Ahaz was described as an idolater who cooperated with the Assyrians.

    The Bible Unearthed

  • 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

    A History of Mediaeval Jewish Philosophy

  • 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.

    John Knox and the Reformation

  • 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 Ten Commandments

  • The idolater in me, the superstitious troglodyte, whispers: Pssst.

    Learning to Die in Miami

  • I secretly revere it, as the idolater in me awakens once again.

    Learning to Die in Miami

  • On the one hand, a person who gets angry about things that he has no control over is considered as an idolater.

    Elissa D. Barrett: The Rest is Commentary: Jewish Post-Election Reflection

  • 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).

    Shua's daughter: Midrash and Aggadah.

  • If you answer yes to the first question, you are -- according to the Bible -- an idolater.

    Jeremiah Wright Steps Down From Obama Campaign

  • 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.

    Iran and Israel and children of Ester:

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  • Ah, right. Thanks rt.

    July 24, 2009

  • Not trying to be an advocate here, but according to the list description, these are someone else's definitions, not brobbins'.

    July 23, 2009

  • brobbins has been generating purported definitions, sometimes with a bizarre xian slant, like some kind of hyperactive linguistic magic 8-ball. Just ignore them!

    July 23, 2009

  • Really? Hater? You're attaching a lot of connotation to this one.

    July 23, 2009

  • enemy, hater, adversary

    July 23, 2009