American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Worship of idols.
- n. Blind or excessive devotion to something.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The worship of idols or images; more generally, the paying of divine honors to any created object; the ascription of divine power to natural agencies Idolatry exists in a variety of forms, as
- n. Immoderate veneration or love for any person or thing; admiration bordering on adoration.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The worship of idols, images, or anything which is not God; the worship of false gods.
- n. Excessive attachment or veneration for anything; respect or love which borders on adoration.
- n. the worship of idols; the worship of images that are not God
- n. religious zeal; the willingness to serve God
- From Old French idolatrie, ydolatrie, from Late Latin īdōlatrīa, from Ecclesiastical Latin īdōlolatrīa, from Ancient Greek εἰδωλολατρία (eidōlolatria, "worship of idols"), back-formation from εἰδωλολάτρης (eidōlolatrēs) (īdōlatra in Latin), from εἴδωλον (eidōlon, "idol") + λάτρις (latris, "worshipper") or λατρεύω (latreuō, "I worship"), from λάτρον (latron, "payment"); cognate with modern French idolâtrie, Italian idolatria, Occitan ydolatria, and Spanish idolatria. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English idolatrie, from Old French, from Latin īdōlolatrīa, from Greek eidōlolatreiā : eidōlon, idol; see idol + latreiā, service. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Such a confession is signified by the term idolatry, but not by the term heresy, which only means a false opinion.”
“The case was simply that there were a number of persons determined not to demand mere toleration for themselves, but to pluck down what they called idolatry everywhere and to keep the Edwardine service in the parish churches in defiance of all authority, and even of the feelings of their fellow parishioners.”
“Today's 18-page treatise from the Vatican also slams what it calls the "idolatry of the market.”
“Hence "idolatry" is associated with them: and the covetous man is termed an "idolater" (Nu 25: 1, 2).”
“In the New Testament the term idolatry is used to designate covetousness (Matt.”
“Defeating the power-logic of idolatry, in other words, is the hardest thing in the world.”
“If she's saying that America is the New Israel, then I call idolatry on that.”
“Yahweh was the Creator, the only “true and living God,” and worship of any other deities was termed idolatry.”
“The late Nye Bevan once said, Quote ... in a democracy idolatry is the first sin.”
“Israel adopted, shall go back to the Assyrians, her teachers in idolatry, as the hire or fee for having taught it.”
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