idolatry

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From Middle English ydolatrie, from Old French idolatrie, from Late Latin īdōlatrīa, from Ecclesiastical Latin īdōlolatrīa, from Ancient Greek εἰδωλολατρίᾱ (eidōlolatríā, worship of idols), back-formation from εἰδωλολάτρης (eidōlolátrēs), from εἴδωλον (eídōlon, idol) + λάτρις (látris, worshipper) or λατρεύω (latreúō, I worship), from λάτρον (látron, payment). Cognate with Modern French idolâtrie, Italian idolatria, Occitan ydolatria, Portuguese idolatria, and Spanish idolatría. Displaced native Old English dēofolġield (literally devil worship).

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /aɪˈdɒl.ə.tɹiː/
  • (US) enPR: ī-dŏ'lə-trē, IPA(key): /aɪˈdɑ.lə.tɹi/
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Noun[edit]

idolatry (countable and uncountable, plural idolatries)

  1. The worship of idols.
    • 1902, John Buchan, The Outgoing of the Tide
      The parish stank of idolatry, abominable rites were practiced in secret, and in all the bounds there was no one had a more evil name for the black traffic than one Alison Sempill, who bode at the Skerburnfoot.
  2. The excessive admiration of somebody or something.

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