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

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

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Historical Examples of idolater

  • Plato, though he was but an idolater, has testified to the real existence of ideas.


    Anatole France

  • Paphnutius, considering Cotta as nothing but an idolater, did not deign to reply.


    Anatole France

  • I can drop on my knees and become as good an idolater as that scoundrel of a Sharp.

    Hubert's Wife

    Minnie Mary Lee

  • Pomare was still an idolater when many of his subjects had been converted.

    The Cruise of the Mary Rose

    William H. G. Kingston

  • Verily I have become quite as much of an idolater as any of these.

Word Origin and History for idolater


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

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