household god

noun

1
household gods plural : lares and penates sense 2
2
: a deeply respected or revered person, thing, idea, or custom
the Victorian household gods Respectability, Prudery and Humbug squat smugly on their pedestalsNew York Herald Tribune

Word History

First Known Use

1546, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of household god was in 1546

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“Household god.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/household%20god. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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