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a combining form occurring in loanwords from Greek meaning “worship” (idolatry); on this model, used in the formation of compound words (bardolatry).
Origin of -latry
< Greek -latria. See latria, -y3 Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for latry


combining form
indicating worship of or excessive veneration of: idolatry, Mariolatry
Derived Forms
-latrous, combining_form:in_adjective
Word Origin
from Greek -latria, from latreia worship
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Word Origin and History for latry


word-forming element meaning "worship of," used as an element in native formations from 19c. (e.g. bardolatry), from Greek -latreia "worship, service paid to the gods, hired labor," related to latron (n.) "pay, hire," latris "servant, worshipper," from PIE *le- "to get" (see larceny).

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