Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Veneration of the Virgin Mary regarded as constituting idolatrous worship.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The worship or religious veneration of the Virgin Mary: used with the intention of implying that it is equivalent to or trenches upon the worship due to God only (latria).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The worship of the Virgin Mary.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Worship of the Virgin Mary, especially to an excessive degree.

Etymologies

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Maria +‎ -latry

Examples

  • A witty member of the Mission once said they were given over to "Mariolatry" -- an allusion to her first name.

    Mary Slessor of Calabar: Pioneer Missionary

  • The doctrines of the Church are too serious and too ancient to be wilfully misstated, and the doctrines of what is called Mariolatry were never even doctrines of the

    Mont-Saint-Michel and Chartres

  • That's "Mariolatry," which is condemned by Catholicism.

    No she ain't

  • That's "Mariolatry," which is condemned by Catholicism.

    Archive 2006-03-01

  • Frances Power Cobbe, though deprecating the doctrine of "Mariolatry," as she terms the worship of the

    History of Woman Suffrage, Volume II

  • Now it must be observed that the writings of St. Alfonso, as I knew them by the extracts commonly made from them, prejudiced me as much against the Roman Church as anything else, on account of what was called their "Mariolatry;" but there was nothing of the kind in this book.

    Apologia pro Vita Sua

  • "Mariolatry;" but there was nothing of the kind in this book.

    Apologia Pro Vita Sua

  • I am inclined, however, to think it more probable that Muhammed had heard of Mariolatry and of the “mother of God,” a title which then was a highly popular catchword, and that the apotheosis of Jesus was known to him and also the doctrine of the Trinity by name.

    Mohammed’s “Jesus”

  • I am inclined, however, to think it more probable that Muhammed had heard of Mariolatry and of the “mother of God,” a title which then was a highly popular catchword, and that the apotheosis of Jesus was known to him and also the doctrine of the Trinity by name.

    Stromata Blog:

  • But progressives, tutored by Biblical scholars, succeeded in curbing what some saw as dangerous deviation toward Mariolatry.

    Hail, Mary

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