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 But, beginning in the 1500s, the Protestant Reformation swept away the cult of Christian saints, denouncing them as unbiblical and idolatrous. Daniel Burke, CNN, "St. Nicholas: The story behind Santa Claus," 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, "After Five Years of Bach, Trinity Church Takes On Handel," 12 Mar. 2017 The Taliban considered the monuments idolatrous and destroyed them with dynamite. Kieron Monks, CNN, "The greatest buildings you'll never see: 20 priceless monuments lost in conflict," 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, "ISIS blows up 800-year-old mosque in Mosul, Iraqi military says," 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, "ISIS blows up historic mosque in Mosul, Iraqi military says," 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, "Damaged by War, Syria’s Cultural Sites Rise Anew in France," 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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“Idolatrous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/idolatrous. Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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