idolatrous

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj idolatrous blindly or excessively devoted or adoring
    • adj idolatrous relating to or practicing idolatry "idolatrous worship"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Idolatrous Consisting in, or partaking of, an excessive attachment or reverence; as, an idolatrous veneration for antiquity.
    • Idolatrous Of or pertaining to idolatry; partaking of the nature of idolatry; given to idolatry or the worship of false gods; as, idolatrous sacrifices. "Josiah] put down the idolatrous priests."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • idolatrous Pertaining to or of the nature of idolatry; hence, practising or feeling superstitious adoration: as, idolatrous veneration for antiquity.
    • idolatrous Worshiping idols or false gods; hence, cherishing undue reverence or affection; inordinately or profanely devoted.
    • idolatrous Used in or designed for idolatry; devoted to idols or idol-worship: as, an idolatrous image or temple.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Idolatrous pertaining to idolatry
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. idolâtre, corr. of L.,—Gr. eidōlolatrēseidōlon, idol, latreuein, to worship.

Usage

In literature:

But ordinary everyday people rushing idolatrously out to find themselves in others find in the end only another I.
"The Healthy Life, Vol. V, Nos. 24-28" by Various
If you could see further into her heart you would find she was idolatrous.
"The Golden Censer" by John McGovern
The idolatrous Arabs had been in the habit of making an annual pilgrimage to Mecca at this season of the year.
"The Faith of Islam" by Edward Sell
It was a boy's wild spirit of daring, and a boy's almost idolatrous hero-worship that led me into such a scrape.
"The Rose of Old St. Louis" by Mary Dillon
The rites of Kaaba were stripped of every idolatrous tendency.
"A Critical Exposition of the Popular 'Jihád'" by Moulavi Gerágh Ali
The ministers of religion protested against it as a most unpardonable homage to an idolatrous temple.
"The Magnificent Montez" by Horace Wyndham
Still he would not deny his faith or perform ceremonies which he knew to be superstitious and idolatrous.
"Fred Markham in Russia" by W. H. G. Kingston
The sun has been the most general object of idolatrous worship in all the ages.
"Usury" by Calvin Elliott
It is only when love of self is a superlative affection that it is sinful, because idolatrous.
"The Settler and the Savage" by R.M. Ballantyne
The Idolatrous and supersticious people / ar they not offended by this thy doing?
"A Treatise of the Cohabitation Of the Faithful with the Unfaithful" by Peter Martyr
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In poetry:

O ill-requited bard! neglect
Thy living worth repaid,
And blind idolatrous respect
As much affronts thee dead.
"Stanzas On The Late Indecent Liberties Taken With The Remains Of The Great Milton" by William Cowper
JUSTINA. Thus my lineage I display:--
For thy child I could not be,
Could I without weeping see
This idolatrous display.
"The Wonder-Working Magician - Act I" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
We look up to the stars tonight,
Idolatrous of them,
And dream that Heaven is in sight,
And each a ray of purest light
From some celestial gem
In her bright diadem.
"Of Her Who Died" by Hattie Howard

In news:

Penn State should be applauded for doing the right thing and taking down the idolatrous statue of Joe Paterno.
Islamist militants regard such shrines as idolatrous.
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