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

Other Words from idolatrous

idolatrously adverb
idolatrousness noun

Examples of idolatrous in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Does anyone outside his idolatrous circle really think that this raid is anything but the actions of a billionaire trying to shape the dialogue in his favor and control the tools used by regular Joes to fight back? Horacio Silva, Town & Country, 1 May 2022 But seeing Minnelli, physically weakened yet immortally bright-eyed, stirred something in me that I am not used to feeling while watching these idolatrous shows. New York Times, 20 Apr. 2022 But Salzburg at any time of year is a fairy tale city, quaint without ever being coy, baroque without being excessive, and in thrall to native son Amadeus Mozart without being mawkishly idolatrous. John Mariani, Forbes, 9 Dec. 2021 Glauber was drawn to sculpture—a medium that, in the Orthodox community, is traditionally viewed as idolatrous. Avital Chizhik-goldschmidt, The Atlantic, 24 Sep. 2021 After the Taliban were ousted in 2001, officials at the museum reported that the Taliban had confiscated or destroyed many thousands of objects in its collection — largely Buddhist statues and other relics that were deemed un-Islamic or idolatrous. New York Times, 20 Aug. 2021 Images of the ancient Buddhist statues pulverized by the Taliban because its leaders considered the stone images to be idolatrous. Washington Post, 15 Aug. 2021 The shelves are laden with books about Hoover and his bureau—idolatrous, iconoclastic, one even claiming the imperious G-man liked to prance around after hours in full drag. Edward Kosner, WSJ, 13 Aug. 2021 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 See More

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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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“Idolatrous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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