noun, plural i·dol·a·tries.
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Origin of idolatry
OTHER WORDS FROM idolatryself-i·dol·a·try, noun
Words nearby idolatry
What does idolatry mean?
The word idol can also refer to the deity or god that is being worshipped.
This sense of idolatry and its related terms are typically used in a negative, judgmental way, implying that the god that the idol represents is not actually real and that such idolatry is wrong or sinful. In this way, an idol is sometimes called a false idol.
A well-known example of idolatry mentioned in a story in the Bible involves a statue of a golden calf that the Israelites were said to have made while Moses was away receiving the Ten Commandments (which prohibit idolatry and the worship of “graven images”).
Sometimes, idol is used in a metaphorical way to compare something to an object of religious devotion and worship, and such devotion can also be called idolatry, as in The endless pursuit of wealth is a form of idolatry. 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 idolatry can be used to refer to this kind of fandom, but it is much more commonly used in a religious context.
Example: Most people don’t bow down before statues, but they engage in other forms of idolatry, like an obsession with material possessions.
Where does idolatry come from?
The first records of the word idolatry come from the 1200s. The word idol comes from the Greek eídōlon, meaning “image,” from eîdos, meaning “shape and form.” The ending -latry means “worship.”
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 them to be a form of idolatry.
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How is idolatry used in real life?
The word idolatry is usually used in a judgmental way regardless of whether it’s used figuratively or in a religious context.
This feels like a modern day idolatry. pic.twitter.com/SBLKTfznAW
— Richard Perry (@richardperry) December 16, 2020
When your admiration has crossed the line you'll start making excuses for error.
….And that's a clear cut sign of idolatry.
— Mouthpi3ce (@Mouthpi3ce) December 20, 2020
Who's going to be the 1st woman in tech with the same level of worship/idolatry as Jeff Bezos, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg??
— Elaine Zelby (@ezelby) December 19, 2020
Try using idolatry!
Which of the following terms can be used as a synonym of idolatry?
A. idol worship
B. idle worship
C. idyll worship
D. ideal worship
Example sentences from the Web for idolatry
In Warhol it found its self- image, ready- made for idolatry and mockery.
In Warhol it found its self-image, ready-made for idolatry and mockery.
Heck, even the Pope is piling on, warning against greed as a “new idolatry.”How Pope Francis’s Management Strategies Could Fix Wall Street|Chris Lowney|January 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Idolatry occurs when you look down at the fruit of your own labor, the statue that you carved yourself, and you worship it.
We renounce idolatry, witchcraft, and Satanism in our land!
The prophet's admonition to the Jews in Egypt against idolatry is not regarded: he denounces to them their destruction.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version|Various
Property now was no longer the object of his pursuit: but popularity became the god of his idolatry.
It is marked by great superstition and idolatry, and is mostly confined to the lower classes.A Woman's Journey Round the World|Ida Pfeiffer
It must be acknowledged that he reclaimed nearly the whole of Asia from idolatry.A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 1 (of 10)|Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
This religious homage was only gradually developed to its present full-blown idolatry.The Catacombs of Rome|William Henry Withrow