graven image

noun

Definition of 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 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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First Known Use of graven image

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for graven image

graven, past participle of grave entry 5

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“Graven image.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/graven%20image. Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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graven image

noun

English Language Learners Definition of graven image

: an object (such as a statue) that is worshipped as a god or in place of a god

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