noun idol·a·try \-trē\

: the worship of a picture or object as a god

plural idol·a·tries

Full Definition of IDOLATRY

:  the worship of a physical object as a god
:  immoderate attachment or devotion to something

Examples of IDOLATRY

  1. <her idolatry of her favorite rock star is one step removed from stalking>

Origin of IDOLATRY

Middle English ydolatrie, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin idolatria, alteration of Late Latin idololatria, from Greek eidōlolatreia, from eidōlon idol + -latreia -latry
First Known Use: 13th century

Other Religion (Eastern and Other) Terms

Zen, antinomian, avatar, gnosticism, illuminati, ineffable, karma, koan, mantra

Rhymes with IDOLATRY


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