IDOL

idol, graven image, god

(noun) a material effigy that is worshipped; “thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image”; “money was his god”

paragon, idol, perfection, beau ideal

(noun) an ideal instance; a perfect embodiment of a concept

idol, matinee idol

(noun) someone who is adored blindly and excessively

Source: WordNet® 3.1


Etymology

Noun

idol (plural idols)

A graven image or representation of anything that is revered, or believed to convey spiritual power.

A cultural icon, or especially popular person.

(Asia, originally, Japan) Popular entertainer; usually young, captivating, attractive; and often female, with an image of being close to fans.

• The dark side of Asia’s pop music industry - BBC News

(obsolete) An eidolon or phantom; something misleading or elusive.

Synonyms

• (a worshipped representation): afgod (obsolete)

• (a celebrated person): icon, star, superstar

Anagrams

• Lodi, OLDI, diol, lido, loid, olid

Source: Wiktionary


I"dol, n. Etym: [OE. idole, F. idole, L. idolum, fr. Gr. 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.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition



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