an image or other material object representing a deity to which religious worship is addressed.
an image of a deity other than God.
the deity itself.
any person or thing regarded with blind admiration, adoration, or devotion: Madame Curie had been her childhood idol.
a mere image or semblance of something, visible but without substance, as a phantom.
a figment of the mind; fantasy.
a false conception or notion; fallacy.
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How to use idol in a sentence
People made representational art—cave paintings of horses, ivory goddesses, lion-headed idols, showing artistic flair and imagination.When Did We Become Fully Human? What Fossils and DNA Tell Us About the Evolution of Modern Intelligence | Nick Longrich | October 18, 2020 | Singularity Hub
“You don’t age out of your passion,” Radha Blank shared with Robert Townsend, her filmmaking idol whose Hollywood Shuffle inspired her, during their spotlight discussion for the Urbanworld Film Festival last month.‘The Forty-Year-Old Version’ Creator Radha Blank on Seeing Herself and Missing Her Mother | cmurray | October 9, 2020 | Essence.com
In short, they will influence their followers – who follow suggestions and advice from their idols.Post-COVID-19 strategy to restore your social media reputation | Birbahadur Kathayat | September 30, 2020 | Search Engine Watch
Working for his idol, though life-changing, is far from easy.
Second baseman Isan Diaz has a swing that resembles his idol Robinson Cano.The Dodgers Lead Our National League Predictions, But Don’t Count Out The Nats Or … Reds? | Travis Sawchik | July 22, 2020 | FiveThirtyEight
Ratings for talent competitions like idol, once viewership juggernauts, are plummeting.
The other thing about idol was that it really was a star-maker at first.
The standard bearers of reality TV—American idol, Dancing With the Stars, So You Think You Can Dance—are aging.
These are men and women who want to retain faith in an idol, who just want to forgive and forget.Why We're So Hard on Janay Rice and Celebrity Survivors of Abuse | Amy Zimmerman | September 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Pryor, a second-generation senator, is holding off a fierce challenge from conservative idol Tom Cotton.Just Tuning Into The Mid-Terms? Here are Five, Weird, Unpredictable Senate Races to Watch | Ben Jacobs | September 1, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
She thought the idol would consume them, for bachelor cooking was never intended for bachelor invalids.The Soldier of the Valley | Nelson Lloyd
He hath chosen strong wood, and that will not rot: the skilful workman seeketh how he may set up an idol that may not be moved.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version | Various
If a nation hath changed their gods, and indeed they are not gods: but my people have changed their glory into an idol.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version | Various
I am due to attend at twelve-forty-five in the state temple, where we sanctify some new idol.Kipling Stories and Poems Every Child Should Know, Book II | Rudyard Kipling
Buzot adored Madame Roland as the inspiration of his mind, as the idol of his worship.Madame Roland, Makers of History | John S. C. Abbott
British Dictionary definitions for idol
a material object, esp a carved image, that is worshipped as a god
Christianity Judaism any being (other than the one God) to which divine honour is paid
a person who is revered, admired, or highly loved
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