graven image

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n graven image a material effigy that is worshipped "thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image","money was his god"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Graven image an idol; an object of worship carved from wood, stone, etc.
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Usage

In literature:

Up to this time the image of that terrible night is graven on my memory with a scorching pen of fire.
"Daring and Suffering:" by William Pittenger
The eldest shoonoo rose, cradling his graven image in his arms, and the noise quieted.
"Oomphel in the Sky" by Henry Beam Piper
Not a graven image, scarcely a picture, remained in any of them.
"The Golden Grasshopper" by W.H.G. Kingston
No graven image could have been more immovable.
"Mary Louise and Josie O'Gorman" by Emma Speed Sampson
Up to this moment I had not seen her countenance; I saw only the reverse of that beautiful image so deeply graven upon my heart.
"The War Trail" by Mayne Reid
Put down your graven image, lad; you were made to carry arms, not baubles.
"Under the Rose" by Frederic Stewart Isham
Her voice was colorless, like the speech which might be expected from a graven image.
"The Secret Witness" by George Gibbs
Since their mission was a failure their memory is doomed to rest without marble monument or graven image.
"An Historical Account of the Settlements of Scotch Highlanders in America" by J. P. MacLean
They sat like graven images, except for the bright suspicious gleam of the dark eyes.
"Eve to the Rescue" by Ethel Hueston
Neither shalt thou make any graven image.
"George Muller of Bristol" by Arthur T. Pierson
Most of them sat like graven images, neither speaking nor stirring.
"Jim Spurling, Fisherman" by Albert Walter Tolman
The warriors, standing steady and silent as graven images, gazed earnestly on their multitudinous foes.
"The Boy Crusaders" by John G. Edgar
The children did not move a muscle of lips or face as they chanted; it might have been a song rendered by graven images.
"Westward with the Prince of Wales" by W. Douglas Newton
But especially were painted or graven images of holy personages supposed to be endowed with such powers.
"History of the Intellectual Development of Europe, Volume I (of 2)" by John William Draper
Do you think then that I make graven images, and worship stocks or stones?
"The Shepherd of Salisbury Plain and Other Tales" by Hannah More
What graven image have I bin worshipin'?
"Si Klegg, Book 3 (of 6) Si And Shorty Meet Mr. Rosenbaum, The Spy, Who Relates His Adventures" by John McElroy
Her skilful hand, with true love-guided art, Had traced the image graven on her heart.
"The Birth of the War-God" by Kalidasa
The crucifix is unknown, for while paintings and frescoes abound, graven images are absolutely forbidden.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 3" by Various
Nance's gaze shifted to Molly, who might have been turned into a graven image, so still was she sitting.
"Molly Brown's Sophomore Days" by Nell Speed
The more the prophet called them, the more they went from them: they sacrificed unto the Baalim, and burned incense to graven images.
"The Bible Story" by Rev. Newton Marshall Hall
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In poetry:

When all He made for the first time He saw,
Scattering stars as misers shake their pelf.
Then in the last strange wrath broke His own law,
And made a graven image of Himself.
"Another Tattered Rhymster In The Ring" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
But I've talked longer now 'n I hed any idee,
An' ther's others you want to hear more 'n you du me;
So I'll set down an' give thet 'ere bottle a skrimmage,
For I've spoke till I'm dry ez a real graven image.
"Speech Of Honourable Preserved Doe In Secret Caucus" by James Russell Lowell

In news:

LOU'S VIEWS: Graven image conscious.
Sure, you know the big ones: don't murder, steal something about graven images.
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