Definition of idolatry
1 : the worship of a physical object as a god
2 : immoderate attachment or devotion to something
Examples of idolatry in a Sentence
her idolatry of her favorite rock star is one step removed from stalking
Recent Examples of idolatry from the Web
In recent years, North Korean propaganda meant for foreign audiences has scaled back some of its idolatry.
The extremist group believes antiquities promote idolatry, though it is also believed to sell artifacts on the black market to fund its operations.
Simmons, in New York to promote this ultimate symbol of idolatry, suggests buying one now and setting it up as beer cooler until the time comes.
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Origin and Etymology of idolatry
Middle English ydolatrie, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin idolatria, alteration of Late Latin idololatria, from Greek eidōlolatreia, from eidōlon idol + -latreia -latry
First Known Use: 13th centurySee Words from the same year
IDOLATRY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of idolatry for English Language Learners
: the worship of a picture or object as a god
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