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  1. excessive (and proscribed) veneration of the Virgin Mary, especially in forms appropriate to God.
  2. veneration of women.

Origin of Mariolatry

First recorded in 1605–15; Mary + -o- + -latry
Related formsMar·i·ol·a·ter, nounMar·i·ol·a·trous, adjective
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Examples from the Web for mariolatry

Historical Examples

  • It is significant that there is not a trace of Mariolatry in these tales and fables.

    Rumanian Bird and Beast Stories


  • The era of Mariolatry had passed, so far as Nuremberg was concerned.


    M. F. Sweetser

  • Max Elskamp is a poet who reminds one that Mariolatry is Minnesong.

  • For all your mariolatry, you were full of "der Geist der stets verneint."

    Musical Portraits

    Paul Rosenfeld

  • Associated words: mariolatry, mariolater, hyperdulia, Ave Maria.

    Putnam's Word Book

    Louis A. Flemming

British Dictionary definitions for mariolatry



  1. derogatory exaggerated veneration of the Virgin Mary
Derived FormsMariolater or Maryolater, nounMariolatrous or Maryolatrous, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for mariolatry



"worship of the Virgin Mary," 1610s, from Mary + -latry, with connective element -o-.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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