plural -s
: worship of filth : cult of the obscene

Word History


Greek aischros shameful, ugly (from aischos disgrace) + -latreia -latry; probably akin to Old English ǣwisc, ǣwisce disgrace, shame, ǣwan to despise, Middle High German eisch ugly, Middle Low German eichelen, ēchelen to disgust, Gothic aiwiski disgrace

First Known Use

1912, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of aischrolatreia was in 1912

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

Dictionary Entries Near aischrolatreia

Cite this Entry

“Aischrolatreia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!