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  • In an idolatrous manner; with undue reverence or affection.

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  • adverb In a idolatrous manner.

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  • adverb In an idolatrous manner.

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  • adverb in an idolatrous manner


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  • Putting aside the exaggeration contained in the word "idolatrously," Mr. Urban's opinion is not unjustified.

    'Shoah' and Poland Turowicz, Jerzy 1986

  • To cut a long discourse short, it is the third sense that best expresses what is offered and required in Christian believing – the language of Holy Mystery embodied in appropriate relationship, by which we non-idolatrously and wholeheartedly give ourselves to the truth, flourishing and freedom to which we are summoned – but which at one level wholly exceeds what we are able to think, see or do.

    Keith Ward, Big Questions in Science and Religion 7: Is Science the Only Sure Path to Truth? James F. McGrath 2008

  • Since pilgrimage to Mecca is one of the pillars of Islam, turning Mecca, and the black rock the muslims so idolatrously worship, into a nuclear wasteland will destroy their cult.

    Wise words from Hamas.... GayandRight 2008

  • The denial of intellectual humility is to erect an idolatrously closed mental system, which inevitably seeks to displace God.

    Spiritual cancer (or: why I hate fundamentalism) Sam Norton 2006

  • What was relevant, however, I think, is that if the leading and most influential Catholic weekly in Poland, which has close ties with the Church hierarchy and which has been shaping public opinion of the Catholic community since 1945, can be qualified as "idolatrously philo-Semitic," it gives — I presume — some kind of evidence that something did substantially change in Poland as far as the Catholic attitude toward the Jews is concerned.

    'Shoah' and Poland Turowicz, Jerzy 1986

  • Nor was my qualifying "apparently" meant in any way to suggest doubt or disbelief that Jerzy Urban had described Tygodnik Powszechny as "idolatrously philo-Semitic."

    'Shoah' and Poland Turowicz, Jerzy 1986

  • In the footnote Mr. Garton Ash mentions the fact that Tygodnik Powszechny (the Catholic weekly I am editing) has been "apparently" described by Mr. Jerzy Urban, the Polish government press spokesman, as "idolatrously philo-Semitic."

    'Shoah' and Poland Turowicz, Jerzy 1986

  • This was that host of heaven which the Jews idolatrously worshipped: chap. viii.

    Pneumatologia 1616-1683 1967

  • To Struan, the bishop represented all that he despised in the Catholics — the dogmatic fanaticism of self-castrated, power-seeking men who sucked riches from the poor in the name of a Catholic God, drop by bloody drop, and from the drops built mighty cathedrals to the glory of their version of Divinity, who had idolatrously set up a man in Rome as Pope and made the man an infallible arbiter of other men.

    Tai-Pan Clavell, James 1966

  • The inherent dialectic of desire itself had in a way already shown me this; for all images and sensations, if idolatrously mistaken for joy itself, soon honestly confessed themselves inadequate.

    Surprised by Joy Lewis, C. S. 1955


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