graven image

noun

Definition of graven image 

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

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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, "For better or worse, both sides of Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield emerge in win at Kansas," 18 Nov. 2017 The photos ranged from candid family snapshots of the president playing with his children in the flowering garden to grave images of the president solemnly walking through the plot with Defense Secretary Robert McNamara during the missile crisis. Meryl Gordon, Vanities, "How Bunny Mellon Re-invented the White House Rose Garden," 22 Sep. 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 1

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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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