Definitions

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

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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.
  • noun An adorer; a devotee; a great admirer.

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

  • noun 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.
  • noun An adorer; a great admirer.

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

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

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

  • noun a person who worships idols

Etymologies

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

[Middle English idolatre, from Old French, from Latin īdōlolatrēs, from Greek eidōlolatrēs : eidōlon, idol; see idol + -latrēs, worshiper.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From French idolatre, from Latin idololatra.

Examples

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

    The Bible Unearthed

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

    The Bible Unearthed

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

    The Bible Unearthed

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

Comments

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  • enemy, hater, adversary

    July 23, 2009

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

    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

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

    July 23, 2009

  • Ah, right. Thanks rt.

    July 24, 2009