Idol meaning

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Any object of ardent or excessive devotion or admiration.

A pop-music idol.

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A false notion or idea that causes errors in thinking or reasoning.
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One that is adored, often blindly or excessively.
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Anything that has no substance but can be seen, as an image in a mirror.
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A cultural icon, or especially popular person.
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An image of a god, used as an object or instrument of worship.
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The definition of an idol is a false god or an object that is adored or worshipped.

An example of an idol is a rock that people pray to.

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A graven image or representation of anything that is revered, or believed to convey spiritual power.
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In monotheistic belief, any heathen deity.
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Origin of idol

  • Middle English from Old French idole from Late Latin īdōlum from Greek eidōlon phantom, idol from eidos form weid- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French idole, from Ancient Greek εἴδωλον (eidōlon, “image, idol”), from εἶδος (eidos, “form”).

    From Wiktionary