idolatry

[ ahy-dol-uh-tree ]
/ aɪˈdɒl ə tri /

noun, plural i·dol·a·tries.

the religious worship of idols.
excessive or blind adoration, reverence, devotion, etc.

Nearby words

  1. idocrase,
  2. idol,
  3. idolater,
  4. idolatrize,
  5. idolatrous,
  6. idolism,
  7. idolize,
  8. idolum,
  9. idomeneus,
  10. idoneous

Origin of idolatry

1200–50; Middle English idolatrie < Medieval Latin īdōlatrīa, by haplology from Late Latin īdōlolatrīa Greek (NT) eidōlolatreía. See idol, -latry

Related formsself-i·dol·a·try, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for idolatry

idolatry

/ (aɪˈdɒlətrɪ) /

noun

the worship of idols
great devotion or reverence
Derived Forms
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Word Origin and History for idolatry

idolatry

n.

mid-13c., from Old French idolatrie, from Vulgar Latin idolatria, shortened from Late Latin idololatria (Tertullian), from Ecclesiastical Greek eidololatria "worship of idols," from eidolon "image" (see idol) + latreia "worship, service" (see -latry).

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