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idolater

[ ahy-dol-uh-ter ]
/ aɪˈdɒl ə tər /
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noun

Also i·dol·ist [ahyd-l-ist] /ˈaɪd l ɪst/. a worshiper of idols.
a person who is an immoderate admirer; devotee.

RELATED WORDS

atheist, agnostic, doubter, unbeliever, infidel, heretic, skeptic, iconoclast, heathen, freethinker, polytheist, scoffer, pantheist, paganist, healer, sorcerer

Nearby words

idly, idn, ido, idocrase, idol, idolater, idolatrize, idolatrous, idolatry, idolism, idolize

Origin of idolater

1350–1400; Middle English idolatrer, equivalent to idolatr(ie) idolatry + -er -er2; -rer > -er by dissimilation
Related formsself-i·dol·a·ter, noun
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idolater


n.

late 14c., ydolatrer "idol-worshipper," from Old French idolatre, contracted from Late Latin idololatres, from Ecclesiastical Greek eidololatres "idol-worshipper" (see idolatry).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper