Definition of idolater
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OTHER WORDS FROM idolaterself-i·dol·a·ter, noun
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What does idolater mean?
It is sometimes spelled idolator. A common synonym is idol worshipper. A less common synonym is idolist.
The word idol can also refer to the deity or god that is being worshipped.
This sense of idolator and its related terms are typically used in a negative, judgmental way, implying that the god that the idolater worships is not actually real and that such worship is wrong or sinful.
A well-known example of an idol mentioned in a story in the Bible is the statue of a golden calf that the Israelites were said to have made while Moses was away receiving the Ten Commandments (which prohibit the worship of idols or “graven images”).
Sometimes, idol is used in a metaphorical way to compare something to an object of religious devotion and worship, and idolater can refer to a person who’s devoted to such a thing, as in Her love of money has made her an idolater. This sense of the word is also used in a critical way.
Idol is also commonly used in a figurative way to refer to a person, especially a famous celebrity such as a pop singer, whom someone treats with extreme admiration and devotion. The word sometimes implies that such devotion is excessive, likening it to religious worship. The word idolater can be used to refer to this kind of fan, but it is much more commonly used in a religious context.
Example: Followers of certain forms of Christianity are sometimes accused of being idolaters by other Christians, who object to their use of religious iconography.
Where does idolater come from?
The first records of the word idolater come from the 1300s. The word idol comes from the Greek eídōlon, meaning “image,” from eîdos, meaning “shape and form.” In idolatry, the ending -latry means “worship.” The suffix -er refers to a person who does a certain thing. So, taken together, the parts of the word idolater literally mean “someone who worships images.”
Although the word idol can refer to a deity being worshipped, it typically refers to a physical object or image that has been made to represent the deity. Some religions prohibit any such likenesses of a deity or religious figure, considering anyone who uses such images to be an idolater.
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What are some synonyms for idolater?
- idol worshipper
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How is idolater used in real life?
The word idolater is usually used in a judgmental way regardless of whether it’s used figuratively or in a religious context.
— 🏳️🌈 カシイちゃん ☂︎ (@kashiichan) December 16, 2012
Think you're not an idolater? If you covet anything, you're considered an idolater. Eph 5:5
— Stephen Crosson (@Crossoniam) October 20, 2011
One of the biggest challenges to confronting idolatry is that the idolator doesn't see an idol, only comfort and security. It is a deceptive safe place in which they have anchored their hope.
— Lisa Spencer (@theochick) December 13, 2020
Try using idolater!
Which of the following terms can be used as a synonym of idolater?
A. idol worshipper
B. idle worshipper
C. idyll worshipper
D. ideal worshipper
How to use idolater in a sentence
Whoever praises Luther is a worse sinner than an idolater, perjurer, or thief.Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians|Martin Luther
And woe be to him who drives this confiding idolater back upon her technical obligations!Beacon Lights of History, Volume VII|John Lord
I have eaten him,' replied this wretched idolater, with a kind of ferocious and satisfied pride.A Romance of the West Indies|Eugne Sue
The youth was acquitted and was now a student of law, being no other than Shagarach's assistant and idolater, Aronson.The Incendiary|W. A. (William Augustine) Leahy
Him, this young idolater, I have seasoned for thee, dear gentle Sister of Sighs!