What does idolatry mean?

Definitions for idolatryaɪˈdɒl ə tri

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word idolatry.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. idolatry, devotion, veneration, cultism(noun)

    religious zeal; the willingness to serve God

  2. idolatry, idol worship(noun)

    the worship of idols; the worship of images that are not God


  1. idolatry(Noun)

    The worship of idols.

  2. idolatry(Noun)

    The admiration of somebody or something.

  3. Origin: From idolatrie, ydolatrie, from idolatria, from idololatria, from εἰδωλολατρία, back-formation from εἰδωλολάτρης (idolatra in Latin), from εἴδωλον + λάτρις or λατρεύω, from λάτρον; cognate with modern idolâtrie, idolatria, ydolatria, and idolatria.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Idolatry(noun)

    the worship of idols, images, or anything which is not God; the worship of false gods

  2. Idolatry(noun)

    excessive attachment or veneration for anything; respect or love which borders on adoration

  3. Origin: [F. idoltrie, LL. idolatria, L. idololatria, Fr. Gr. ; idol + service.]


  1. Idolatry

    Idolatry is a pejorative term for the worship of an idol, a physical object such as a cult image, as a god, or practices believed to verge on worship, such as giving undue honour and regard to created forms other than God. In all the Abrahamic religions idolatry is strongly forbidden, although views as to what constitutes idolatry may differ within and between them. In other religions the use of cult images is accepted, although the term "idolatry" is unlikely to be used within the religion, being inherently disapproving. Which images, ideas, and objects constitute idolatry is often a matter of considerable contention, and within all the Abrahamic religions the term may be used in a very wide sense, with no implication that the behaviour objected to actually consists of the religious worship of a physical object. Behaviour considered idolatrous or potentially idolatrous may include the creation of any type of image of the deity, or of other figures of religious significance such as prophets, saints, and clergy, the creation of images of any person or animal at all, and the use of religious symbols, or secular ones. In addition, theologians have extended the concept to include giving undue importance to aspects of religion other than God, or to non-religious aspects of life in general, with no involvement of images specifically. For example, the Catechism of the Catholic Church states: "Idolatry not only refers to false pagan worship. Man commits idolatry whenever he honours and reveres a creature in place of God, whether this be gods, or demons, power, pleasure, race, ancestors, the state, money etc."

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Idolatry

    worship paid to a mere symbol of the divine while the heart is dead to all sense of that which it symbolises; a species of offence against the Most High, of which many are flagrantly guilty who affect to regard with pity the worshipper of idols of wood or stone. "Idolatry," says Buskin, apropos of Carlyle's well-known doctrine, "is summed up in the one broad wickedness of refusing to worship Force and resolving to worship No-Force; denying the Almighty, and bowing down to four-and-twopence with a stamp on it."

Anagrams for idolatry »

  1. adroitly

  2. dilatory


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of idolatry in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of idolatry in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. George Bernard Shaw:

    The art of government is the organization of idolatry.

  2. Martin Luther:

    Anything that one imagines of God apart from Christ is only useless thinking and vain idolatry.

  3. Pope John Paul II (Karol Wojtyla), James Reston, Galileo, A Life, HarperCollins, NY, 1994, p 461.:

    Science can purify religion from error and superstition. Religion can purify science from idolatry and false absolutes.

  4. Pope Francis:

    The Gospel does not condemn the wealthy, but the idolatry of wealth, the idolatry that makes people indifferent to the call of the poor.

  5. 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?

Images & Illustrations of idolatry

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Translations for idolatry

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • الوثنيةArabic
  • обожа́ние, идолопокло́нничествоBulgarian
  • modlářství, modloslužebnictvíCzech
  • afgudsdyrkelseDanish
  • Götzendienst, Bewunderung, Idolatrie, VergötterungGerman
  • ειδωλολατρίαGreek
  • idolâtrieFrench
  • íoladhradh, íolachtIrish
  • jalloonysManx
  • bálványozás, bálványimádásHungarian
  • skurðgoðadýrkunIcelandic
  • 偶像崇拝Japanese
  • guutipilussiorneqKalaallisut, Greenlandic
  • ubóstwianie, bałwochwalstwoPolish
  • idolatria, veneraçãoPortuguese
  • идолопокло́нство, идолопокло́нничество, обожествле́ние, обожа́ние, поклоне́ние, боготворе́ниеRussian
  • idoldyrkanSwedish

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