graven image


: an object of worship carved usually from wood or stone : idol

Examples of graven image in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. Andrew Marantz, The New Yorker, 13 Feb. 2023 Despite protests from folks who say that’s not OK, Sims’ graven image is still there. al, 8 Feb. 2023 The dirt’s been dished on my dicey memory by a graven image gritting my teeth. Maryann Corbett, National Review, 17 Mar. 2022 In three weeks, Oklahoma officials could plot space in Heisman Park just to the east of Oklahoma’s stadium to add Mayfield’s graven image next to the statues of Billy Vessels, Steve Owens, Billy Sims, Jason White and Sam Bradford. John Shinn, ajc, 18 Nov. 2017

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Word History


graven, past participle of grave entry 5

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of graven image was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Graven image.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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