idol·​a·​ter | \ ī-ˈdä-lə-tər How to pronounce idolater (audio) \
variants: or idolator

Definition of idolater

1 : a worshipper of idols
2 : a person that admires intensely and often blindly one that is not usually a subject of worship

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Examples of idolater in a Sentence

by and large the American colonists were not particularly tolerant of those who were regarded as idolaters
Recent Examples on the Web The personification of those enthusiasms was the composer John Cage—a student of Schoenberg, a devotee of Eastern thought, and an idolater of Duchamp. Louis Menand, The New Yorker, 13 June 2022 Carpenter, like Valenti, was an idolater, but the journalists had the same feeling. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 4 Aug. 2021 His Wagner book, which placed its subject in the larger intellectual context of his times, infuriated idolaters, for whom the master could do no wrong. Margalit Fox, New York Times, 18 May 2016

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First Known Use of idolater

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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23 Jun 2022

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“Idolater.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2022.

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