idolatry

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noun idol·a·try \ī-ˈdä-lə-trē\

Definition of idolatry

plural

idolatries

  1. 1 :  the worship of a physical object as a god

  2. 2 :  immoderate attachment or devotion to something

Examples of idolatry in a sentence

  1. her idolatry of her favorite rock star is one step removed from stalking

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 century

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IDOLATRY Defined for English Language Learners

idolatry

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noun idol·a·try \ī-ˈdä-lə-trē\

Definition of idolatry for English Language Learners

  • : the worship of a picture or object as a god



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