idolise

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v idolise love unquestioningly and uncritically or to excess; venerate as an idol "Many teenagers idolized the Beatles"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Idolise to make an idol of, for worship: to love to excess
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. idole—L. idolum—Gr. eidōloneidos, what is seen—idein, to see.

Usage

In literature:

Hansombody admired him, idolised him, with a devotion almost canine.
"The Mayor of Troy" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
They loved him; yes, they idolised him!
"Henrietta Temple A Love Story" by Benjamin Disraeli
As a subaltern he had idolised Wolfe, and here on the ground of Wolfe's triumphant stroke he still dreamed of rivalling it.
"Fort Amity" by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
All that Charlie had said confirmed him in his idolisation of her.
"Clayhanger" by Arnold Bennett
He idolised the "good old times," and quite pleasantly scorned the present.
"The Battery and the Boiler" by R.M. Ballantyne
She idolised him as her own.
"Kept in the Dark" by Anthony Trollope
Mr and Mrs Macvie were the idolised of one case, and his own wife and little girl were in the other.
"The Shellback's Progress" by Walter Runciman
Never was man idolised like L'Ouverture.
"The Hour and the Man" by Harriet Martineau
And all the students idolised her, and the male lecturers worshipped the ground she trod.
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
In one, he was beloved, esteemed, idolised; in the other, he was a slave, beaten like a dog, chained!
"My Kalulu, Prince, King and Slave" by Henry M. Stanley
My long-lost, idolised child!
"The Mysteries of Paris, Volume 6 of 6" by Eugène Sue
That will be one great advantage gained; her love for her son will do the rest, for you do not know how she idolises him.
"Pride" by Eugène Sue
The death of the composer's wife, whom he idolised, in 1580, was a blow from which he never recovered.
"Great Musical Composers" by George T. Ferris
Fred had been married ten months, and appeared to idolise his wife.
"Original Penny Readings" by George Manville Fenn
The childhood of nations and individuals idolises all heroes, and thus did Jonas.
"The Village Notary" by József Eötvös
This man, trusted by the people and at last idolised by them, becomes more and more powerful.
"The French Revolution" by Hilaire Belloc
She went in strongly for the Gospel according to Calvin, and she cherished and fed her grief for the loss of her idolised son.
"Dorrien of Cranston" by Bertram Mitford
I felt choked by the intoxication of her love, for I idolised her.
"Whoso Findeth a Wife" by William Le Queux
I was devoted to her; nay, I idolised her.
"Zoraida" by William Le Queux
He loved flowers, and no man was more idolised by his dogs.
"Guy Deverell, v. 1 of 2" by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
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In poetry:

Age would to youth return,
Farther from Heaven would be,
To feel the wildfire burn,
On idolising knee
Again to fall, and rob Thy shrine
Of hearts, the right of Love Divine.
"Fifth Sunday After Epiphany" by John Keble
Therefore, all ye kind parents of high and low degree,
I pray ye all, be advised by me,
And never pamper your children in any way,
Nor idolise them, for they are apt to go astray,
"The Death of Fred Marsden, the American Playwright" by William Topaz McGonagall
Her father idolised her, and on her spared no expense,
And the kind-hearted father gave her too much indulgence,
Because evening parties and receptions were got up for her sake,
Besides, he bought her a steam yacht to sail on Schroon Lake.
"The Death of Fred Marsden, the American Playwright" by William Topaz McGonagall