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What does idolatrous mean?
The word idol can also refer to the deity or god that is being worshipped.
An idolatrous person can be called an idolater, and the practice of worshipping idols is called idolatry (or idol worship). Idolatrous can also be used to describe such practices or anything involving idolatry.
This sense of idolatrous 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 idolatrous can describe such devotion, as in Her love of money is downright idolatrous. 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 idolatrous can be used to describe this kind of fandom, but it is much more commonly used in a religious context.
Example: Followers of certain forms of Christianity are sometimes accused of being idolatrous by other Christians, who object to their use of religious iconography.
Where does idolatrous come from?
The first records of the word idolatrous come from the 1500s. 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 -ous is to form adjectives.
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 idolatrous.
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How is idolatrous used in real life?
The word idolatrous is usually used in a judgmental way regardless of whether it’s used figuratively or in a religious context.
Spanish colonizers brought Catholic imagery of death to the cultures of the lands they invaded. Santa Muerte’s first documented appearance as a venerated figure in Mexico came in a 1797 Inquisition report on idolatrous practices by indigenous worshipers. https://t.co/cYLVIhC4QG
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See C.S.Lewis on the difference between valid patriotism and idolatrous nationalism in chapter two of the Four Loves. To make this distinction is necessary in every area of life. (Not just the political.) If you fail to do this you fail.
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The gospel writers wanted to let you know that orthodoxy, theology, and faith can all be idolatrous.
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Example sentences from the Web for idolatrous
Even grounding mitzvot in morality was idolatrous, he said, because morals served human needs.
They claim worshipping at graves and shrines is un-Islamic and idolatrous and abhor the Sufi use of music and dance.Ultraconservative Salafists Destroy Sufi Landmarks in Libya|Jamie Dettmer|September 4, 2012|DAILY BEAST
I sometimes think he loved that girl desperately, and would have made her an idolatrous husband.Checkmate|Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
Her daughter, the object of her most idolatrous love, is left fatherless and motherless in this cold world.Madame Roland, Makers of History|John S. C. Abbott
He went from a country which is called idolatrous to another idolatrous country named Sichem, in Palestine.
Never marry idolatrous women, unless they will become believers.
A Mussulman servant is better than an idolatrous woman, though of the highest rank.