- idols or images reverenced by the ancient Hebrews and kindred peoples, apparently as household gods.
Origin of teraphim
1350–1400; < Hebrew tərāphīm; replacing Middle English theraphym < Late Latin theraphim (Vulgate) < Greek theraphín (Septuagint) < Hebrew, as above
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Examples from the Web for teraphim
He also used images (teraphim) which he consulted and looked into the liver.The Prophet Ezekiel
Arno C. Gaebelein
Are we going back to the days of the Judges, when wealthy Micah set up his private ephod, teraphim, and Levite?Essays Upon Some Controverted Questions
Thomas H. Huxley
The more childish forms of ancient superstition, such as the use of ephods and teraphim, had fallen into desuetude.The Expositor's Bible: The First Book of Kings
F. W. Farrar
The teraphim was an idol about the size of a man: how did Michal use it to deceive Saul's messengers?
And when the messengers came in, behold, the teraphim was in the bed, with the pillow of goats' hair at the head thereof.