excessive (and proscribed) veneration of the Virgin Mary, especially in forms appropriate to God.
veneration of women.
Origin of Mariolatry
Related formsMar·i·ol·a·ter, nounMar·i·ol·a·trous, adjective
First recorded in 1605–15; Mary
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Examples from the Web for mariolatry
Historical Examples of mariolatry
It is significant that there is not a trace of Mariolatry in these tales and fables.
The era of Mariolatry had passed, so far as Nuremberg was concerned.
Max Elskamp is a poet who reminds one that Mariolatry is Minnesong.
For all your mariolatry, you were full of "der Geist der stets verneint."
Associated words: mariolatry, mariolater, hyperdulia, Ave Maria.
British Dictionary definitions for mariolatry
Derived FormsMariolater or Maryolater, nounMariolatrous or Maryolatrous, adjective
derogatory exaggerated veneration of the Virgin Mary
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Word Origin and History for mariolatry
"worship of the Virgin Mary," 1610s, from Mary + -latry, with connective element -o-.
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