idolatrous

adjective
idol·​a·​trous | \ ī-ˈdä-lə-trəs How to pronounce idolatrous (audio) \

Definition of idolatrous

1 : of or relating to idolatry
2 : having the character of idolatry the religion of idolatrous nationalism— Aldous Huxley
3 : given to idolatry

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Other Words from idolatrous

idolatrously adverb
idolatrousness noun

Examples of idolatrous in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As players dig further into Du Feng Yu’s story familiar spaces open into unfamiliar ones that speak to Du Feng Yu’s guilt and idolatrous reverence of his cultish mentor — a woman whose insidious influence wreaks havoc on the family. Washington Post, 19 Apr. 2021 Once the Protestant Reformation took hold in the 1500s, the celebration of saints was seen as idolatrous and the practice declined in Europe. Ashley Novak, CNN, 6 Dec. 2020 But, beginning in the 1500s, the Protestant Reformation swept away the cult of Christian saints, denouncing them as unbiblical and idolatrous. Daniel Burke, CNN, 6 Dec. 2019 Those tuning in late will need to know that Jephtha has been recalled from exile to lead the Israelites into battle against the harassing, idolatrous Ammonites. James R. Oestreich, New York Times, 12 Mar. 2017 The Taliban considered the monuments idolatrous and destroyed them with dynamite. Kieron Monks, CNN, 22 June 2017 A month later, some Mosul residents said that the militants rigged the 50-yard-high Hadba with explosives as part of a campaign to destroy anything that may be considered idolatrous. Loveday Morris, chicagotribune.com, 21 June 2017 Just a month after Baghdadi gave his speech, some Mosul residents said that the militants rigged the 50-yard-high Hadba with explosives as part of their campaign to destroy anything that may be considered idolatrous. Loveday Morris, Washington Post, 21 June 2017 Palmyra, parts of it already destroyed by the Islamists who deemed these monuments idolatrous, was still rigged with explosives. Marlise Simons, New York Times, 31 Dec. 2016

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First Known Use of idolatrous

circa 1500, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of idolatrous was circa 1500

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25 Apr 2021

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“Idolatrous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/idolatrous. Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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