idol

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n idol a material effigy that is worshipped "thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image","money was his god"
    • n idol an ideal instance; a perfect embodiment of a concept
    • n idol someone who is adored blindly and excessively
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In the year 498 B.C., in the city of Chung-tu, crime ceased to happen with the naming of a new Minister of Crime. Legend has it that nobody wanted to commit a crime because everyone idolized the new minister, someone by the name of Confucius.
    • Idol A false notion or conception; a fallacy. "The idols of preconceived opinion."
    • Idol An image of a divinity; a representation or symbol of a deity or any other being or thing, made or used as an object of worship; a similitude of a false god. "That they should not worship devils, and idols of gold."
    • Idol An image or representation of anything. "Do her adore with sacred reverence,
      As th' idol of her maker's great magnificence."
    • Idol That on which the affections are strongly (often excessively) set; an object of passionate devotion; a person or thing greatly loved or adored. "The soldier's god and people's idol ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n idol An image, effigy, figure, or likeness of anything.
    • n idol An image or similitude of a divinity; a representation or symbol of a deity made, consecrated, or used as an object of worship.
    • n idol Hence — A person on whom or a thing on which the affections are strongly set; any object of absorbing devotion other than God himself.
    • n idol A phantom or figment of the brain; a false or misleading notion or conception; an erroneous persuasion; a fallacy. See idolon.
    • n idol Bacon divided the fallacies or misconceptions that beset mankind into four classes:
    • n idol idols of the tribe (idola tribus), fallacies incident to humanity in general;
    • n idol idols of the den (idola specus), misapprehensions traceable to the peculiar mental or bodily constitution of the individual;
    • n idol idols of the market-place (idola fori), errors due to the influence of mere words or phrases;
    • n idol idols of the theatre (idola theatri), errors due to the prevalence of imperfect philosophic systems or misleading methods of demonstration.
    • idol To worship; make an idol of; idolize.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Idol ī′dul a figure: an image of some object of worship: a person or thing too much loved or honoured: any phantom of the brain, or any false appearance by which men are led into error or prejudice which prevents impartial observation, a fallacy—also Idō′lon, Idō′lum
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Quotations

  • Voltaire
    Voltaire
    “The Pope is an idol whose hands are tied and whose feet are kissed.”
  • Dietrich Bonhoeffer
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer
    “A god who let us prove his existence would be an idol.”
  • Rabindranath Tagore
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    “Your idol is shattered in the dust to prove that God's dust is greater than your idol.”
  • Washington Irving
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    “The idol of today pushes the hero of yesterday out of our recollection; and will, in turn, be supplanted by his successor of tomorrow.”
  • James Russell Lowell
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    “The idol is the measure of the worshipper.”
  • Richard H. Tawney
    Richard H. Tawney
    “When men have gone so far as to talk as though their idols have come to life, it is time that someone broke them.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. idole, F. idole, L. idolum, fr. Gr. , fr. that which is seen, the form, shape, figure, fr. to see. See Wit, and cf. Eidolon
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. idole—L. idolum—Gr. eidōloneidos, what is seen—idein, to see.

Usage

In literature:

A trip of fifteen miles from Yokohama will take us to the town of Kamakura, where we find the remarkable idol of Dai-Butsu.
"Foot-prints of Travel" by Maturin M. Ballou
The Tannese had hosts of stone idols, charms, and sacred objects, which they abjectly feared, and in which they devoutly believed.
"The Story of John G. Paton" by James Paton
He was the idol of the East India Company and of its servants.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
They have no idols or altars, but meet once a week for prayer and praise.
"India, Its Life and Thought" by John P. Jones
Buzot adored Madame Roland as the inspiration of his mind, as the idol of his worship.
"Madame Roland, Makers of History" by John S. C. Abbott
It must be said that few idols have been worthier of youthful adoration than was this true knight at whose shrine Lucy laid her heart.
"Penshurst Castle" by Emma Marshall
You will be its idol.
"Wee Wifie" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
A Story of a Chinese Pagoda, or Idol-Temple, and Image.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898--Volume 39 of 55" by Various
It will be a pity to be disappointed in this national idol.
"Diary from March 4, 1861, to November 12, 1862" by Adam Gurowski
He picked the idol from the floor.
"The Web of the Golden Spider" by Frederick Orin Bartlett
Her little sister was a child of rare beauty and gentleness, and was Theresa's perfect idol.
"Graham's Magazine Vol XXXII. No. 5. May 1848" by Various
In the palanquins were two idols, god and goddess, out on view.
"Things as They Are" by Amy Wilson-Carmichael
The king was annoyed by his haughty bearing; but he was the idol of the people.
"Henry IV, Makers of History" by John S. C. Abbott
The stones of early religion are not idols.
"History of Religion" by Allan Menzies
But then I dragged these idols down and made you see me as I am.
"The Harbor" by Ernest Poole
Jonesville held on to my idol and we wuz parted away from each other.
"Around the World with Josiah Allen's Wife" by Marietta Holley
Every effort is made to move the idols to help.
"Christology of the Old Testament: And a Commentary on the Messianic Predictions, v. 1" by Ernst Wilhelm Hengstenberg
Around Him the Gentiles, formerly addicted to idols, shall gather, ver.
"Christology of the Old Testament: And a Commentary on the Messianic Predictions. Vol. 2" by Ernst Hengstenberg
In my childhood he was my ideal and my idol.
"Reminiscences, 1819-1899" by Julia Ward Howe
Their quioccassan and idol of worship, 152 30.
"The History of Virginia, in Four Parts" by Robert Beverley
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In poetry:

"I am Jehovah: I am One:
My name shall now be known;
No idol shall usurp my praise,
Nor mount into my throne."
"Hymn VI. Behold! th' Ambassador Divine" by John Logan
'A moment's idol of thy mind!
And is a stranger so unkind
to leave the shameful root behind,
Bereft of all its pride?'
"Patty of the Vale" by John Clare
Led by the light Thy grace imparts,
Ne’er may we bow the knee
To idols, which our wayward hearts
Set up instead of Thee.
"O God, our strength, to Thee our song" by Harriet Auber
While ye run after imaginary shadows,
That lead alone to fights and quarrels,
Him worship, the only visible!
Break all other idols!
"The Living God" by Swami Vivekananda
Thus he stood, with calm eyes scorning
Idols, priests, and their adorning;
Seeing, e'en in nature's show,
Him alone, who made it so.
"Lita of the Nile" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
But the vain idols they adore
Are senseless shapes of stone and wood;
At best a mass of glitt'ring ore,
A silver saint or golden god.
"Psalm 115" by Isaac Watts

In news:

Charlie Sheen ' genuinely interested' in 'Idol' gig.
Adam Lambert fans go all-out in costumes for 'American Idol' alum's concert.
Meet GoGo , the Mononoke Wolf Queen who idolizes Alejandro Jodorowsky and Tom Waits.
Did you notice that things got a little tense last week on "American Idol" when Nicki Minaj was chatting with host Ryan Seacrest after her "Starships" performance and said she wanted to come back on the show -- as a judge.
Former 'American Idol' winner Taylor Hicks, center, plays Teen Angel in the touring cast of ' Grease '.
Norman still the idol of many.
"American Idol" champion Scotty McCreery didn't get the win while pitching for Garner High School in his latest outing, but he apparently came away unscathed after a scary moment on the mound.
Ok, soFox isn't quite ready to reveal who will replace Simon Cowell and Ellen Degeners as judges on American Idol next season.
Country gal Skylar Laine reminds us of Reba, but she idolizes Miranda Lambert and that's whose song she chose to perform on tonight's (March 28) episode of 'American Idol.
'I idolized the wrong people, like Nikki Sixx and Kurt Cobain,' says rapper.
The Associated Press Former "American Idol" contestant Kellie Pickler shaved her head to support her best friend during cancer treatment.
Katharine McPhee was an American style Idol at the Nyx Cosmetics Decade +1 Anniversary Event in Hollywood on Tuesday night.
Wal-Mart launches "American Idol"-like contest.
Surely somebody told Aerosmith singer and 'American Idol' judge Steven Tyler that lesson at some point during his childhood.
This drawing originally appeared in the November 6, 1986 issue with the article The Last Idol.
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In science:

The ‘icon’ (or perhaps better, the ‘idol’) that Isham’s iconoclastic words ought to cut out of physics once and for all is the background geometrical spacetime manifold and not the invaluable differential geometric machinery which CDG has so far misled us into thinking that is inextricably tied to the base manifold.
`Iconoclastic', Categorical Quantum Gravity
The pages from the third cluster (41-60) are related to “American Idol” and other TV shows/actors.
A Dynamical System for PageRank with Time-Dependent Teleportation
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