idolize

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v idolize love unquestioningly and uncritically or to excess; venerate as an idol "Many teenagers idolized the Beatles"
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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.
    • Idolize To love to excess; to love or reverence to adoration; as, to idolize gold, children, a hero.
    • Idolize To make an idol of; to pay idolatrous worship to; as, to idolize the sacred bull in Egypt.
    • v. i Idolize To practice idolatry. "To idolize after the manner of Egypt."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • idolize To worship as an idol; make an idol of.
    • idolize Hence — To reverence immoderately; love or admire to adoration: as, to idolize a hero; to idolize children.
    • idolize To practise idol-worship.
    • idolize Also spelled idolise.
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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
    Rabindranath%20Tagore
    “Your idol is shattered in the dust to prove that God's dust is greater than your idol.”
  • 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.”
  • Proverb
    Proverb
    “Luck is the idol of the idle.”

Usage

In literature:

Your sacrifice of Fremont has made him the idol of the West.
"The Southerner" by Thomas Dixon
But it never occurred to her, or to any one else in the family, to blame the idols or the priests.
"Everlasting Pearl" by Anna Magdalena Johannsen
Laban to idols gave faithful reverence, Dinah was corrupt through Shechem's violence.
"Everyman and Other Old Religious Plays, with an Introduction" by Anonymous
If you find your pretty little idol alone, and at her prayers, disbelieve me.
"Kate Danton, or, Captain Danton's Daughters" by May Agnes Fleming
These people had various idols, regarding which there are strange fables.
"The Mysteries of All Nations" by James Grant
The idol on whom she had lavished all the incense of her innocent affections became every day less like a true divinity.
"The Young Duke" by Benjamin Disraeli
He made the idol himself, and no one but he and I knew how to open it.
"Chatterbox, 1905." by Various
It is better to catch the idol-maker than to smash each idol.
"A Preface to Politics" by Walter Lippmann
This offering in sacrifice of human beings to their idols was their regular practice.
"True Words for Brave Men" by Charles Kingsley
He now worshiped idols, and these idols were his gods.
"The Necessity of Atheism" by Dr. D.M. Brooks
It's the 'Crew Idol'!
"The Coast of Chance" by Esther Chamberlain
Stone images and idols are considered as living gods.
"The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India--Volume I (of IV)" by R.V. Russell
And now we're not scared any more, we've set 'em up again: same old idols.
"Old Crow" by Alice Brown
Mademoiselle Scuderi made an idol of little Olivier, whom she would take away from his mother for hours and days, to pet him and kiss him.
"The Serapion Brethren." by Ernst Theordor Wilhelm Hoffmann
They worshiped idols, and they cruelly put to death those who worshiped God.
"The Bible Story" by Rev. Newton Marshall Hall
The places where the idols formerly stood were apparent, though the idols had been removed.
"The Belief in Immortality and the Worship of the Dead" by James George Frazer
At length the holy bishop was again brought before the judge and commanded to sacrifice to the idols.
"Mary, Help of Christians" by Various
Year after year, till they got the idol's eye.
"One-Act Plays" by Various
He bowed before this idol, and poured out all the incense of his heart.
"Great Musical Composers" by George T. Ferris
But what is allowed to Marcel, the idol of Paris, is not allowed to any other.
"The Iron Trevet or Jocelyn the Champion" by Eugène Sue
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In poetry:

Nought must be worshipp'd but our God alone:
An idol is a triffle, nothing more;
Whether of gold, of silver, or of stone,
'Tis but a helpless scare-crow, void of pow'r.
"Stanza's Concerning Some Persons And Things, That Are Mentioned In The Holy Scriptures" by Rees Prichard
Could Strength or Valour men Immortalize,
Could Wealth or Honour keep them from decay,
There were some cause the same to Idolize,
And give the lye to that which I do say.
"Vanity of Vanities" by Michael Wigglesworth
And well it is for us our GOD should feel
Alone our secret throbbings: so our prayer
May readier spring to Heaven, nor spend its zeal
On cloud-born idols of this lower air.
"Twenty-Fourth Sunday After Trinity" by John Keble
But ere eight months in quick succession passed,
One to each human heart a dreaded foe,
Entered her house, and by a single stroke,
Blasted her hopes, and laid her idol low.
"Life's Changes" by Mary Ann H T Bigelow
For there when Life and Death end their dark feud
And Hatred veils its ugliness so nude;
When man looks o'er the chaos vast and deep;
When o'er her broken idols Love doth weep:
"The Miracle of the Cross" by John William Streets
The wail of a spirit that a-yearning gropes
In darkness for the sunlight that is fled;
A broken idol in secret wept, and hopes--
Crushed hopes--that are to thee as are the dead.
"Mystery Of Carmel" by Madge Morris Wagner

In news:

N obody held a gun to my head and forced me to write recaps about the tenth season of American Idol.
In the wings, Emeril 's new game show, A Taste of Emeril 's: Cooking Challenge, produced by Fremantle ( American Idol ), is awaiting a green light from CBS.
Tolstoy idolized Rousseau (1712-1778) from an early age, and even, for a period, wore a medallion with a picture of Rousseau around his neck.
'Idol' Finale Wins for Fox.
Clarkson was the first winner of the Fox reality show "American Idol" in 2002.
The American Idol star to appear on Ellen.
Adam Lambert's Journey on American Idol.
'Idol' entrant sued for tossing glass.
Even in Shakespeare's own time, people idolized him.
From her stay on American Idol, to her new album YOU SHOULD KNOW ME, it's been fast paced and exciting.
Have the producers of American Idol been reading my mind.
How did Mike & Liza's audi­tion go for Amer­i­can Idol.
"AMERICAN IDOL" AUDITIONS ANNOUNCED UNDATED (AP).
If you're inspired by the career leap Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina have just made, then it's time to choose the song for your "American Idol" audition.
If you idolize 'Idol,' this is the place for you.
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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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