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idolatry

[ahy-dol-uh-tree]
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noun, plural i·dol·a·tries.
  1. the religious worship of idols.
  2. excessive or blind adoration, reverence, devotion, etc.
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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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2. obsession, madness, mania.
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idolatry

noun
  1. the worship of idols
  2. great devotion or reverence
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Derived Formsidolater, nounidolatress, fem nidolatrous, adjectiveidolatrously, adverbidolatrousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for 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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