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archæ- +‎ -o- +‎ -latry, from Ancient Greek: ἀρχαῖος (arkhaîos, ancient) in combination with λατρεία (latreía, service", "worship)

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  1. Worship of an antiquity; excessive veneration of antiquity.
    • 1854, The Revolution In China, in The eclectic magazine of foreign literature, science, and art, Volume II, page 90:
      China—a world within itself, a world once far ahead probably of all contemporaries—has been effectually stereotyped, or rather petrified, by its own incrustation of pride and archæolatry, while all the rest of the world has outstripped and eclipsed it in every item of national greatness and social advancement.
    • 1889, J.E. Hodgson, “Old Arts and Moder Thoughts”, in The Magazine of Art, volume 12:
      It is a curious fact that at the time when this archæolatry, to coin a word, was at its height, the Venus of Milo and the Hermes were still slumbering under the ruins piled over them by barbarian hands, and the works of Phidias were unknown to artists or connoisseurs, and were made targets of by Turkish soldiery.
    • 1891 December, “The Greek Church and Protestant Missions; or, Missions to the Oriental Churches”, in The Magazine of Christian Literature, volume 5, number 3, page 198:
      Archæolatry, avarice, and political power form a threefold cord which will not be easily broken.
    • 1949, George Saintsbury, A History of Criticism and Literary Taste in Europe from the Earliest Texts to the Present Day, page 120:
      On no other ground could the “archæolatry,” which we have found almost universal, be maintained for a moment.