• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Idolism The worship of idols.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • 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.
    • n idolism The worship of idols.
    • n idolism A false or misleading notion; fallacy. See idol, 4.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Idolism (Milt.) idolatrous worship
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  • Johann Friedrich Von Schiller
    “Utility is the great idol of the age, to which all powers must do service and all talents swear allegiance.”
  • Dietrich Bonhoeffer
    Dietrich Bonhoeffer
    “A god who let us prove his existence would be an idol.”
  • Rabindranath Tagore
    “Your idol is shattered in the dust to prove that God's dust is greater than your idol.”
  • James Russell Lowell
    “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
    “Luck is the idol of the idle.”


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


In literature:

The chief and others then brought pieces of the meat, which they placed before the idol.
"In the Wilds of Africa" by W.H.G. Kingston
They show him great respect, and at their meals they never omit to take a fat morsel of the flesh, and with it to grease the mouth of the idol.
"The World's Greatest Books, Volume 19" by Various
It's just like the idol Uncle Joe brought Lilian from Burmah.
"Chatterbox, 1906" by Various
All Samoyeds are baptised into the orthodox faith, but they worship their old idols at the same time.
"The Voyage of the Vega round Asia and Europe, Volume I and Volume II" by A.E. Nordenskieold
What is there in these grotesque idols to help us in rising to the living God?
"Life and Work in Benares and Kumaon, 1839-1877" by James Kennedy
Behind the altar are the idols.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 6, No. 6, December 1864" by Various
It looks just like an idol, sitting up there and grinning.
"Cricket at the Seashore" by Elizabeth Westyn Timlow
But possessing, along with his keen analytic powers, a nature dominantly ethical, he made humanity his idol.
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern — Volume 11" by Various
His city idol had gone home.
"The Transformation of Job" by Frederick Vining Fisher
Love that could count the cost of its idol's caprices, and calculate the chances of the future, was not love.
"Vixen, Volume III." by M. E. Braddon

In poetry:

"O idol of my dreams! whate'er
"Thy nature be—human, divine,
"Or but half heavenly—still too fair,
"Too heavenly to be ever mine!
"The Loves of the Angels" by Thomas Moore
Again I looked. In sunlight shone
The towers and domes of Askelon;
Priest, warrior, slave, a mighty crowd
Within her idol temple bowed.
"The Wife Of Manoah To Her Husband" by John Greenleaf Whittier
By love's sure light we soon perceive
Our noblest bliss, and proper end;
And gladly every idol leave,
To love and serve our Lord and Friend.
"The Lodestone" by John Newton
He forms her beauties like his own;
He calls and seats her near his throne:
Fair stranger, let thine heart forget
The idols of thy native state.
"Psalm 45 part 2" by Isaac Watts
The Kaiser he purged himself with oaths,
And he buried him royally,
And he set on his barrow an idol of gold,
Where all Romans must bow the knee.
"The Song of The Little Baltung: A.D. 395" by Charles Kingsley
True, oft by her the bard discovers
He's stript of all he once possest;
But then, just like your sculpture-lovers,
She likes her idols naked, best.
"The Darling" by Joseph Skipsey

In news:

The Obligatory Video of a Crazed "Idol" Fan Freaking Out Over the Results.
Every season, there are videos of crazy people reacting to the results on the "American Idol" finale.
The song "Super Freak" would be an apt theme for the "American Idol" trip to Seattle — except for one thing.
Phillip Phillips crowned new 'American Idol.
Wax Idols Hitman No Future Hozac.
Cecile Frot -Coutaz Promoted to CEO of 'Idol' Producer FremantleMedia.'s Style Guy paid a visit to the set of Idol Tonight and caught up with former Idol contestants Kimberly Caldwell, Justin Guarini, Megan Joy, and Elliot Yamin.
The singin' stars speak out on Idol fashion and what their style is like today.
'American Idol' host Ryan Seacrest sells gated Hollywood Hills West estate for $11 million.
It took almost two seasons, but "American Idol" host.
Charlie Sheen ' genuinely interested' in being an 'American Idol' judge.
NEW YORK (AP) — Could "rock star from Mars" Charlie Sheen be a judge on "American Idol".
Muskegon teen's 'Idol' audition was hit and miss.
Rapper Nicki Minaj, country's Keith Urban pump up 'American Idol'.
INTERVIEWS Mariah Carey Joins 'American Idol,' Completing Network Pop-Star Judge Holy Trinity .

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