golden calf

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n golden calf (Old Testament) an idol made by Aaron for the Israelites to worship; destroyed by Moses; it is now used to refer to anything worshipped undeservedly
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Golden calf the idol set up by Aaron during the absence of Moses on Sinai, or those erected by Jeroboam at Bethel and Dan: worship of Mammon or wealth
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. cealf; Ger. kalb.

Usage

In literature:

The calf worshipped of old was at least golden, and these are of lead.
"Amaryllis at the Fair" by Richard Jefferies
The "Golden Calf" is a maturer production and includes some of the loveliest women Tintoretto ever painted.
"The Venetian School of Painting" by Evelyn March Phillipps
Our fathers worshiped the golden calf.
"The Ghosts" by Robert G. Ingersoll
Will ye once more set up the golden calf, and prostrate yourselves before it?
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
After Israel had contracted guilt by the worship of the golden calf.
"Christology of the Old Testament: And a Commentary on the Messianic Predictions, v. 1" by Ernst Wilhelm Hengstenberg
Worship of the Golden Calf," "The Presentation of the Virgin," and "Martyrdom of St.
"The Stones of Venice, Volume III (of 3)" by John Ruskin
They worship the golden calf, and that is for them all-sufficient.
"The Count's Chauffeur" by William Le Queux
A regular devil's dance around the 'Golden calf' is now going on here.
"My Three Years in America" by Johann Heinrich Andreas Hermann Albrecht Graf von Bernstorff
Is this the same man who speaks in the matter of the golden calf, as we saw above?
"Training the Teacher" by A. F. Schauffler
The theme of the drama was the worship of the golden calf by the Israelites and the overthrow of the idol by Moses.
"Reminiscences, 1819-1899" by Julia Ward Howe
We haven't got through worshipping the golden calf yet.
"Weighed and Wanting" by Dwight Moody
AARON'S excuse for making only a golden calf was, that the Jews did not bring him gold enough to make an ox.
"The Library and Society" by Various
The Golden Calf is God, and every man sells his soul for a chance to bow to it.
"Prisoners of Poverty" by Helen Campbell
It is impossible; a nation cannot continue to dance before the golden calf and sacrifice to Moloch.
"The Breaking of the Storm, Vol II." by Friedrich Spielhagen
No, the Americans do not worship the Golden Calf, as Europeans are often pleased to imagine.
"Jonathan and His Continent" by Max O'Rell
THE WORSHIP OF THE GOLDEN CALF.
"English Pharisees and French Crocodiles" by Max O'Rell
Moses commands the Levites to kill twenty-three thousand of their brethren for having had a golden or gilded calf.
"A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 2 (of 10)" by François-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
His brother, at the age of one hundred, cast a golden calf and worshipped it; and his grandson turned chaplain to the idols for money.
"A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 6 (of 10)" by François-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
And what might they not have said and done on the article of the golden calf?
"A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 8 (of 10)" by François-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
The worship of the golden calf, and its punishment.
"The Rand-McNally Bible Atlas" by Jesse L. Hurlbut
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In poetry:

Some golden calf, or golden dream,
Some fancied creature-good,
Presumes to share the heart with him,
Who bought the whole with blood.
"The Golden Calf" by John Newton
Double flutes and horns resound
As they dance the idol round;
Jacob's daughters, madly reeling,
Whirl about the golden calf.
Hear them laugh!
Kettledrums and laughter pealing.
"The Golden Calf" by John Hay

In news:

Golden Calf Company announced today that it is launching a new product line of calf milk pasteurizers at the World Dairy Expo this year.
Golden Calf Company announced today that it is launching a new product line of Calf Milk Pasteurizers at the World Dairy Expo this year.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Warriors reserve Richard Jefferson pulled himself out of Golden State's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday night after straining his right calf .
OKLAHOMA CITY—Warriors reserve Richard Jefferson pulled himself out of Golden State's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday night after straining his right calf .
Building the Golden Calf in Marlington Local Schools.
Golden Calf Company announced today that it is launching a new product line of calf milk pasteurizers at the World Dairy Expo this year.
Golden Calf Company announced today that it is launching a new product line of Calf Milk Pasteurizers at the World Dairy Expo this year.
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