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verb (used with object), i·dol·ized, i·dol·iz·ing.
  1. to regard with blind adoration, devotion, etc.
  2. to worship as a god.
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verb (used without object), i·dol·ized, i·dol·iz·ing.
  1. to practice idolatry: to idolize as did ancient Greece and Rome.
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Also especially British, i·dol·ise.

Origin of idolize

First recorded in 1590–1600; idol + -ize
Related formsi·dol·i·za·tion, nouni·dol·iz·er, nounself-i·dol·ized, adjectiveself-i·dol·iz·ing, adjectiveun·i·dol·ized, adjective

Synonyms for idolize

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1. adore, treasure, worship, dote upon.
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Related Words for idolization

shine, admiration, veneration, hankering, weakness, yen, exaltation, honor, crush, esteem, attachment, reverence, ardor, passion, idolatry, estimation, infatuation, worship, devotion, glorification

Examples from the Web for idolization

Historical Examples of idolization

  • The fashion of the present day is the idolization of nature.

    The Catholic World; Volume I, Issues 1-6

    E. Rameur

  • And Buddy attended Johnse with the devotion born of idolization.

    The Red Debt

    Everett MacDonald

  • What an amount of idolization have not the German authors of the last ten years wasted on Paris!

  • If worship is confined to the idolization of the sun or the cat, every one realizes the temporality of the matter.

British Dictionary definitions for idolization



  1. (tr) to admire or revere greatly
  2. (tr) to worship as an idol
  3. (intr) to worship idols
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Derived Formsidolism, idolization or idolisation, nounidolist, idolizer or idoliser, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for idolization



1590s, from idol + -ize. Related: Idolized; idolizing.

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