[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.]
Do her adore with sacred reverence,
As th' idol of her maker's great magnificence.
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.
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,