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
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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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