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idolater

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Pronunciation: /ʌɪˈdɒlətə
 
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Definition of idolater in English:

noun

A person who worships an idol or idols.
Example sentences
  • In the eyes of idolaters, the idol was seen neither as the source of their existence nor as the source of their well-being.
  • They were not idolaters as some religiously intolerant groups might suggest; no learned people actually worshipped the sun as God literally.
  • In other words, I would say that idolatry not only dishonors God and demeans the idolater; it ultimately leads to the destruction of the hapless idol itself.

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French idolatre, based on Greek eidōlolatrēs, from eidōlon (see idol) + -latrēs 'worshipper'.

Words that rhyme with idolater

bardolater

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