plural noun, singular ter·aph [ter-uh f] /ˈtɛr əf/.

idols or images reverenced by the ancient Hebrews and kindred peoples, apparently as household gods.

Origin of teraphim

1350–1400; < Hebrew tərāphīm; replacing Middle English theraphym < Late Latin theraphim (Vulgate) < Greek theraphín (Septuagint) < Hebrew, as above
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Historical Examples of teraphim

  • He also used images (teraphim) which he consulted and looked into the liver.

    The Prophet Ezekiel

    Arno C. Gaebelein

  • Are we going back to the days of the Judges, when wealthy Micah set up his private ephod, teraphim, and Levite?

  • The more childish forms of ancient superstition, such as the use of ephods and teraphim, had fallen into desuetude.

  • The teraphim was an idol about the size of a man: how did Michal use it to deceive Saul's messengers?

    Heroes of Israel

    Theodore Gerald Soares

  • And when the messengers came in, behold, the teraphim was in the bed, with the pillow of goats' hair at the head thereof.

    Heroes of Israel

    Theodore Gerald Soares