from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Worship of idols.
- n. Blind or excessive devotion to something.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The worship of idols.
- n. The admiration of somebody or something.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The worship of idols, images, or anything which is not God; the worship of false gods.
- n. Excessive attachment or veneration for anything; respect or love which borders on adoration.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The worship of idols or images; more generally, the paying of divine honors to any created object; the ascription of divine power to natural agencies
- n. Immoderate veneration or love for any person or thing; admiration bordering on adoration.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the worship of idols; the worship of images that are not God
- n. religious zeal; the willingness to serve God
Middle English idolatrie, from Old French, from Latin īdōlolatrīa, from Greek eidōlolatreiā : eidōlon, idol; see idol + latreiā, service.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French idolatrie, ydolatrie, from Late Latin īdōlatrīa, from Ecclesiastical Latin īdōlolatrīa, from Ancient Greek εἰδωλολατρία (eidōlolatria, "worship of idols"), back-formation from εἰδωλολάτρης (eidōlolatrēs) (īdōlatra in Latin), from εἴδωλον (eidōlon, "idol") + λάτρις (latris, "worshipper") or λατρεύω (latreuō, "I worship"), from λάτρον (latron, "payment"); cognate with modern French idolâtrie, Italian idolatria, Occitan ydolatria, and Spanish idolatria. (Wiktionary)