Definitions for: Idol


[n] a material effigy that is worshipped as a god; "thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image"; "money was his god"
[n] an ideal instance; a perfect embodiment of a concept
[n] someone who is adored blindly and excessively



Webster (1913) Definition: I"dol, n. [OE. idole, F. idole, L. idolum, fr. Gr. ?, fr.
? that which is seen, the form, shape, figure, fr. ? to see.
See Wit, and cf. Eidolon.]
1. An image or representation of anything. [Obs.]

Do her adore with sacred reverence, As th' idol of
her maker's great magnificence. --Spenser.

2. An image of a divinity; a representation or symbol of a
deity or any other being or thing, made or used as an
object of worship; a similitude of a false god.

That they should not worship devils, and idols of
gold. --Rev. ix. 20.

3. That on which the affections are strongly (often
excessively) set; an object of passionate devotion; a
person or thing greatly loved or adored.

The soldier's god and people's idol. --Denham.

4. A false notion or conception; a fallacy. --Bacon.

The idols of preconceived opinion. --Coleridge.

Synonyms: beau ideal, god, graven image, matinee idol, paragon, perfection

See Also: effigy, golden calf, heartthrob, ideal, image, joss, Juggernaut, lead, principal, simulacrum, star

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