Search Result for "idol":
1. a material effigy that is worshipped;
- Example: "thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image"
- Example: "money was his god"
[syn: idol, graven image, god]
2. someone who is adored blindly and excessively;
[syn: idol, matinee idol]
3. an ideal instance; a perfect embodiment of a concept;
[syn: paragon, idol, perfection, beau ideal]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Idol \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.] [1913 Webster] Do her adore with sacred reverence, As th' idol of her maker's great magnificence. --Spenser. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] That they should not worship devils, and idols of gold. --Rev. ix. 20. [1913 Webster] 3. That on which the affections are strongly (often excessively) set; an object of passionate devotion; a person or thing greatly loved or adored. [1913 Webster] The soldier's god and people's idol. --Denham. [1913 Webster] 4. A false notion or conception; a fallacy. --Bacon. [1913 Webster] The idols of preconceived opinion. --Coleridge. [1913 Webster]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
101 Moby Thesaurus words for "idol": Baal, Juggernaut, big name, celebrity, companion, constellation, copy, cosset, cynosure, darling, dea, dead ringer, deity, demigod, demigoddess, deus, deva, devi, devil-god, divinity, double, duplicate, effigy, exact likeness, false god, favorite, fellow, fetish, figure, folk hero, fondling, galaxy, god, goddess, golden calf, graven image, great man, heathen god, hero, heroine, icon, ikon, image, immortal, important person, jewel, joss, likeness, lion, living image, living picture, luminaries, luminary, man of mark, master spirit, match, mate, matinee idol, miniature, minion, mirroring, model, name, notability, notable, pagan deity, person of note, personage, pet, phoenix, photograph, picture, pleiad, pop hero, popular hero, popular idol, portrait, preference, public figure, reflection, resemblance, rubbing, semblance, shadow, similitude, simulacrum, social lion, somebody, spit and image, spitting image, spoiled child, star, superstar, symbol, the shining ones, trace, tracing, twin, very image, very picture, worthy