• WordNet 3.6
    • n idolatry the worship of idols; the worship of images that are not God
    • n idolatry religious zeal; the willingness to serve God
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Idolatry Excessive attachment or veneration for anything; respect or love which borders on adoration.
    • Idolatry The worship of idols, images, or anything which is not God; the worship of false gods. "His eye surveyed the dark idolatries Of alienated Judah."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n idolatry The worship of idols or images; more generally, the paying of divine honors to any created object; the ascription of divine power to natural agencies Idolatry exists in a variety of forms, as
    • n idolatry Immoderate veneration or love for any person or thing; admiration bordering on adoration.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Idolatry the worship of an image held to be the abode of a superhuman personality: excessive love
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  • Mary Baker Eddy
    “Is civilization only a higher form of idolatry, that man should bow down to a flesh-brush, to flannels, to baths, diet, exercise, and air?”
  • Ann Oakley
    Ann Oakley
    “Families are nothing other than the idolatry of duty.”
  • John Selden
    “Idolatry is in a man's own thought, not in the opinion of another.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “'Tis mad idolatry To make the service greater than the god.”
  • William B. Ullathorne
    William B. Ullathorne
    “Whatever a man seeks, honors, or exalts more than God, this is the god of his idolatry.”
  • William Wordsworth
    “Rapine, avarice, expense, This is idolatry; and these we adore; Plain living and high thinking are no more.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. idolâtrie, LL. idolatria, L. idololatria, Fr. Gr. ; idol + service
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. idolâtre, corr. of L.,—Gr. eidōlolatrēseidōlon, idol, latreuein, to worship.


In literature:

His spirit had been stirred in him when he saw the city wholly given to idolatry.
"The Biography of Robert Murray M'Cheyne" by Andrew A. Bonar
Some, however, attached to the ancient idolatry, refused to abandon it.
"The Empire of Russia" by John S. C. Abbott
It seemed as if the whole realm were given up to idolatry and dissipation.
"Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 1 (of 2)" by John Roby
Mahomet demanded that they should abjure idolatry, and worship the one true God openly and fearlessly.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 4" by Various
As they are pagans, and lukewarm even in idolatry, it will be easy to make Christians of them.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898: Volume XIV., 1606-1609" by Various
The Arabians had a corrupt form of idolatry which came from the Persians, and worshipped not one, but a great many gods.
"The Great Round World And What Is Going On In It, Vol. 1, No. 22, April 8, 1897" by Various
In its higher forms, it becomes polytheism, idolatry and defective philosophy.
"The Religions of Japan" by William Elliot Griffis
Practical idolatry required a rougher method of disenchantment.
"The Reign of Henry the Eighth, Volume 1 (of 3)" by James Anthony Froude
Montaigue and others have proved that it is not idolatry to have recourse to the prayers of the Apostles and Martyrs.
"The Life of the Truly Eminent and Learned Hugo Grotius" by Jean Lévesque de Burigny
They idolize this Wilford, and I dare say he is worthy of their idolatry.
"Family Pride" by Mary J. Holmes

In poetry:

"From vile idolatry
Preserve my worship clean;
I am the Lord, who set thee free
From slavery and sin.
"Psalm 81" by Isaac Watts
To own a God, who does not speak to men,
Is first to own, and then disown again;
Of all idolatry the total sum
Is having gods, that are both deaf and dumb.
"Epigram VI." by John Byrom
I'm thinking alone of a fair young bride,
The light of a home of love and pride;
How the glance of her husband's watchful eye
Turned to his star of idolatry.
"I’m Sitting Alone" by Mary Baker Eddy
Feels not such awful wonder as I felt
When first my smitten eyes beat full on thee,
And all night long before thy feet I knelt
Till thou wert wearied of Idolatry.
"Quia Multum Amavi" by Oscar Wilde
Love, nor time, nor mood, can fashion--
Love?--Idolatry's the word
To speak the broadest, deepest passion,
Ever woman's heart hath stirred!
Vain to still the mind's desires,
Which consume like hidden fires!
"The Deserted Bride" by George Pope Morris
Yet by the light of Christian lore
'Tis blind Idolatry no more,
But a sweet help and pattern of true love,
Showing how best the soul may cling
To her immortal Spouse and King,
How He should rule, and she with full desire approve.
"Sexegesima Sunday" by John Keble

In news:

A cynical, coldly calculated political effort is underway to convert Sept 11 into a day of leftist celebration and statist idolatry.
Otherwise his colleague Ben Jonson would never have bothered to say, after Shakespeare's death, that he loved the man as well as anybody, "this side idolatry".
Pastor's Corner: What is idolatry .
Idolatry is the worship of a physical object, anything that comes before God.
Beware the Idolatry of Numbers.
Ansar Dine, the Islamist group that controls Mali's north, destroyed historic tombs and damaged a mosque this weekend, saying the religious landmarks constitute idolatry.
For the postrock zealot, whether it be profane concerns or secular idolatry, there is no room for frivolity.
But the familiar image of Abraham as the discoverer of the true God and the uncompromising opponent of idolatry isn't found in Genesis or anywhere else in the Hebrew Bible .
Lost in bizarre pop idolatry with artist Mike Kelley.
"She is trying to rip off Christian idolatry to shore up her talentless, mundane and boring performances," says the president of the Catholic League.
For 30 years, wine critic Robert Parker has cut his own path through pretense, praise, idolatry and criticism.
Beauty has Pride of Place, A Remedy to Idolatry, What is " Rupture ", and much more.
Idolatry has done George Washington a disservice.
Scratch the surface of war-bruised Afghanistan—every tribe and nation's stomping ground—and you unearth precious works of art condemned as idolatry, traces of forbidden melodies, sensuous relics of a buried civilization.