Definition of idolatry in English:

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Pronunciation: /īˈdälətrē/


1Worship of idols.
Example sentences
  • It is the difference between pagan idolatry and true worship of our Creator and Redeemer, the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • Idols are worshipped by various religions, while idolatry is blasphemy to others.
  • Worship in truth is the antidote to idolatry, while worship in spirit is the antidote to hypocrisy.
1.1Extreme admiration, love, or reverence for something or someone: we must not allow our idolatry of art to obscure issues of political significance
More example sentences
  • Women, especially, but men too, are often tempted by a kind of self-immolating romance that is much closer to idolatry than to real love.
  • Condemning the ‘modern idolatry of lust, greed, power and pride’, Dr Hope said a safe and secure world would only result if humans engaged in the challenge to look again at the way we live our lives.
  • NME went so far as to imply that you'd better catch The Vines before frontman Craig Nicholls took his Kurt Cobain idolatry to its logical extreme.


Middle English: from Old French idolatrie, based on Greek eidōlolatreia, from eidōlon (see idol) + -latreia 'worship'.

Words that rhyme with idolatry

bardolatry, hagiolatry, iconolatry

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Syllabification: i·dol·a·try

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