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Ancient Greek βασίλειος (basíleios, of the king) (from βασιλεύς (basileús, king)) +‎ -latry (from the Ancient Greek λατρεία (latreía, worship)).


  • (UK) enPR: băsĭlāŏʹlətri, IPA(key): /basɪleɪˈɒlətɹi/


basileiolatry (uncountable)

  1. (chiefly in figurative use) Worship of the king.
    • 1872, Sacristy II, page 10, footnote
      At Westminster the established religion is Basileiolatry.
    • 1897, John Wickham Legg, Missale Ad Usum Ecclesie Westmonasteriensis III, page 1,407
      The “basileiolatry” which we are told is now the prevailing worship at Westminster seems to have begun in the middle ages.
    • 1960, Johannes Quasten and Stephan Kuttner [eds.], Traditio XVI, page 122
      When…the Second Recension was revised, the revisers…took pains to give greater significance to the queen’s coronation.…Different as it was, the same spirit of basileiolatry inspired the alternative version.
    • 1963, Henry Gerald Richardson and George Osborne Sayles, The Governance of Mediaeval England, page 142
      Already in the tenth century basileiolatry…was established in England. The king was God’s thegn, His vicar upon earth.
    • 2000 April 23rd, François R. Velde,, “Re: Male Swedish Crown Prince?”, message 25
      Maybe you have some half-baked mixture of feudal and absolutist theories in mind…and the basileiolatry you display suggests so.
    • 2008, Julian Goodare and Alasdair A. MacDonald [eds.], Sixteenth-Century Scotland, page 414
      Boyd’s ensuing burst of proud Scots patriotism quickly gives place to a flood of boundless basileiolatry and optimism.

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  • Basileio·latry” listed on page 690 of volume I (A–B) of A New English Dictionary on Historical Principles [1st ed., 1885]
      Basileio·latry.nonce-wd. [f. Gr. βασίλειο-ς of the king + λατρεία worship.] King-worship. [¶] 1872 Sacristy II. 10 note, At Westminster the established religion is Basileiolatry.
  • basileiˈolatry” listed in the Oxford English Dictionary [2nd ed., 1989]