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  1. excessive reverence for the Bible as literally interpreted.
  2. extravagant devotion to or dependence upon books.
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Origin of bibliolatry

First recorded in 1755–65; biblio- + -latry
Related formsbib·li·ol·a·ter, bib·li·ol·a·trist, nounbib·li·ol·a·trous, adjective
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Historical Examples of bibliolatry

  • He was emasculated mentally as well as bodily through his bibliolatry.

    God The Invisible King

    Herbert George Wells

  • Bibliolatry, bib-li-ol′at-ri, n. superstitious reverence for the Bible.

  • Bibliolatry, the worship of the Bible, is responsible for the lack of the reasonable reverence these sacred writings merit.

British Dictionary definitions for bibliolatry


  1. excessive devotion to or reliance on the Bible
  2. extreme fondness for books
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Word Origin and History for bibliolatry


1763, "worship of books," from biblio- + -latry. Meaning "worship of the Bible" is from 1847.

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