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idolatry

[ahy-dol-uh-tree] /aɪˈdɒl ə tri/
noun, plural idolatries.
1.
the religious worship of idols.
2.
excessive or blind adoration, reverence, devotion, etc.
Origin of idolatry
1200-1250
1200-50; Middle English idolatrie < Medieval Latin īdōlatrīa, by haplology from Late Latin īdōlolatrīa Greek (NT) eidōlolatreía. See idol, -latry
Related forms
self-idolatry, noun
Synonyms
2. obsession, madness, mania.
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idolatry

/aɪˈdɒlətrɪ/
noun
1.
the worship of idols
2.
great devotion or reverence
Derived Forms
idolater, noun
idolatress, noun:feminine
idolatrous, adjective
idolatrously, adverb
idolatrousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for idolatry
n.

mid-13c., from Old French idolatrie, from Vulgar Latin idolatria, shortened from Late Latin idololatria (Tertullian), from Ecclesiastical Greek eidololatria "worship of idols," from eidolon "image" (see idol) + latreia "worship, service" (see -latry).

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