idolater

[ahy-dol-uh-ter]
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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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Historical Examples of idolater

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

    Thais

    Anatole France

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

    Thais

    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
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