• WordNet 3.6
    • n idolization the act of worshiping blindly and to excess
    • n idolization the act of admiring strongly
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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 idolization The act or habit of idolizing; immoderate veneration or admiration. Also spelled idolisation.
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  • Robert Southey
    “Ambition is an idol, on whose wings great minds are carried only to extreme; to be sublimely great or to be nothing.”
  • Voltaire
    “The Pope is an idol whose hands are tied and whose feet are kissed.”
  • 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.”
  • Washington Irving
    “The idol of today pushes the hero of yesterday out of our recollection; and will, in turn, be supplanted by his successor of tomorrow.”


In literature:

Wooden Idols are not real; He is real.
"Sartor Resartus, and On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and the Heroic in History" by Thomas Carlyle
Money was the idol of his heart, as it is of many million others.
"The Complete Prose Works of Martin Farquhar Tupper" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
She stoops to be the plaything of man, the idol of his vanity, the victim of his lust.
"Aims and Aids for Girls and Young Women" by George Sumner Weaver
As our party appeared, an aisle opened, and we were marched through the assembled crowd, directly toward the idol.
"The Infra-Medians" by Sewell Peaslee Wright
Amid them is a large idol of hewn stone of a man in a squatting posture.
"The Cruise of the Mary Rose" by William H. G. Kingston
Me an' that idol have just boomed th' market.
"The Aztec Treasure-House" by Thomas Allibone Janvier
One can serve his neighbor's idol as truly as he can his own.
"Usury" by Calvin Elliott
In the centre stood the idol, made of stone, and five feet high.
"Historical Sketches, Volume I (of 3)" by John Henry Newman
They were wedded to their idols, why not leave them alone?
"Hubert's Wife" by Minnie Mary Lee
It seemed almost ridiculous to think of her as his youth's idol.
"Olive A Novel" by Dinah Maria Craik, (AKA Dinah Maria Mulock)

In poetry:

O, in the hush of midnight's hour,
How oft from taunting dreams I start,
To find thee but a fancy flower--
Thou cherished idol of my heart.
"Mystery Of Carmel" by Madge Morris Wagner
O, in the hush of midnight’s hour,
How oft from taunting dreams I start,
To find thee but a fancy flower—
Thou cherished idol of my heart.
"To Revenita (07)" by Madge Morris Wagner
The chiefs of the earth in a panic beheld
The flash of his sabre afar;
They enter'd, but pensively mov'd from the field,
And bow'd to this idol of war.
"The Fury Of Discord" by Sir John Carr
Shine on, "Lone Star!" till earth redeemed
In dust shall bid its idols fall;
And thousands, where thy radiance beamed,
Shall "crown the Saviour Lord of all."
"Shine On" by Samuel Francis Smith
Then, if my courage should be less
Than theirs who never prized
The resolutions I profess
(And almost idolized), I well deserv'd in my distress
To be of all despised.
"The Contented Man's Morice" by George Wither
Place thy lilly-white hand in mine,
That its gentle pressure may tell my heart
That the idol round which I had reared a shrine,
Is mine,--mine,--never from me to part.
"Lilly-White Hand" by John Hartley

In news:

Fox Season 11's top 24 singers of "American Idol" were revealed Thursday night.
The top 24 of "American Idol" were revealed this week, as Thursday's episode picked up where Wednesday's left off.
'American Idol' recap: Final judgment part I.
Fox Creighton Fraker receives some good news on Wednesday's episode of "American Idol".
The impulse in the arts to build idols and smash them has found another victim in David Lynch.
"American Idol" finalist Joshua Ledet's performance of the National Anthem.
K945 and Fox 33 are sending you to the American Idol Finale in Hollywood.
Behind the Scenes at American Idol.
Phillip Phillips wasn't joking when he said he played through pain and was in ill health on Season of 11 of 'American Idol,' which the cutie won.
KING FM listeners like to rock to Billy Idol.
In fact, I prefer the concept of The Voice over American Idol.
American Idol in Idaho Falls .
Amer­i­can Idol will be in Idaho Falls at Snake River Land­ing this Sat­ur­day at 9am.
In the final episode of THR's original web show "Idol Hangover," blogger Michele Amabile Angermiller, special correspondent Didi Benami and music editor Shirley Halperin break down the 2012 finalists.
"I'm very grateful that American Idol opened that big door for me," says Kellie.

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