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

  • adj. Of or having to do with idolatry.
  • adj. Given to blind or excessive devotion to something: "The religiosity of the [group] is self-righteous and idolatrous. It perceives no virtue in its opponents and magnifies its own” ( Christopher Lasch).
  • adj. Constituting idolatry.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Partaking in idolatry; worshipping idols or false gods.
  • adj. Engaging in excessive attachment or reverence; inordinately or profanely devoted.
  • adj. Used in or designed for idolatry; devoted to idols or idol-worship.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to idolatry.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to idolatry; partaking of the nature of idolatry; given to idolatry or the worship of false gods.
  • adj. Consisting in, or partaking of, an excessive attachment or reverence.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to or of the nature of idolatry; hence, practising or feeling superstitious adoration: as, idolatrous veneration for antiquity.
  • Worshiping idols or false gods; hence, cherishing undue reverence or affection; inordinately or profanely devoted.
  • Used in or designed for idolatry; devoted to idols or idol-worship: as, an idolatrous image or temple.

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

  • adj. blindly or excessively devoted or adoring
  • adj. relating to or practicing idolatry


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  • Saoud had indeed once given orders, that none of these Turkish pilgrims, who still flocked from Yembo to this tomb, even after the interruption of the regular pilgrim-caravans, should any more be permitted to enter Medina: and this he did to prevent what he called their idolatrous praying; a practice which it was impossible to abolish without excluding them at once from the mosque; this prohibition Saoud did not think proper to enforce: he therefore preferred keeping them from the city, under pretence that their improper behaviour rendered such a proceeding necessary.

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  • Why would any self-respecting Protestant want to participate in idolatrous behavior??

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  • The spirit of reform had driven those, who so violently felt its influence, into many usages that, to say the least, were quite as ungracious to the imagination, as the customs they termed idolatrous were obnoxious to the attacks of their own unaccommodating theories.

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  • They deny themselves to be a generation of idolaters: "We are not born of fornication, are not the children of idolatrous parents, nor have been bred up in idolatrous worships."

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  • Brennan therefore had no trouble assuring the Senate Judiciary Committee that in any conflict between the Constitution and the Church, he would always prefer the Constitution, a viewed deemed "idolatrous" -- I think for good reason -- by Thomas Shaffer.


  • When faith concerns empirical reality, what Paul Tillich referred to as idolatrous faith, it is an example of values being confused for facts.

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  • To console mankind for the horrible picture of these pious sacrifices, it is important to know, that amongst almost all nations called idolatrous, there have been holy theologies and popular error, secret worship and public ceremonies; the religion of sages, and that of the vulgar.

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  • He went from a country which is called idolatrous to another idolatrous country named Sichem, in Palestine.

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  • The players are usually maintained by the village, and a good deal of the unpopularity of the Christian converts arises, I am told, from their unwillingness to contribute because of the so-called idolatrous character of the performance.

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  • Fools of this type may be called idolatrous fools, worshiping the Past; or static fools, contented with the Present; or cowardly fools, opposed to change, fearful of the Future.

    Manhood of Humanity.


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