Idolatry is a pretty challenging word, but we're here to help you better understand it...with EXAMPLES!
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Below you will find the definition of idolatry, followed by 43 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(noun) - the worship of idols; the worship of images that are not God
EXAMPLES - Idolatry in a Sentence
- Their idolatry is not the result of a hasty impulse (Ps 83: 5; Eze 22: 25). (source)
- If she's saying that America is the New Israel, then I call idolatry on that. (source)
- In the New Testament the term idolatry is used to designate covetousness (Matt. (source)
- Well may covetousness be called idolatry, when it thus chooses the world for its god. (source)
- Defeating the power-logic of idolatry, in other words, is the hardest thing in the world. (source)
- I answer, from the idea of idolatry, so adapted to the Gentile mind, and so abhorrent from the (source)
- In this valley the Jews, when steeped in idolatry, went the length of burning their children to (source)
- Today's 18-page treatise from the Vatican also slams what it calls the "idolatry of the market." (source)
- Hence "idolatry" is associated with them: and the covetous man is termed an "idolater" (Nu 25: 1, 2). (source)
- Israel adopted, shall go back to the Assyrians, her teachers in idolatry, as the hire or fee for having taught it. (source)
- This partially took place in the complete eradication of idolatry from the Jews ever since the Babylonian captivity. (source)
- Therefore this species of superstition is unfittingly called idolatry, and should rather be named "worship of creatures." (source)
- Those kings acquired great influence over them, which Josiah exercised in removing every vestige of idolatry from the land. (source)
- The Second Commandment and the notion of idolatry is something that has troubled many Jewish artists throughout the centuries. (source)
- The crash of her idolatry was the greater because it had been so highly pitched, so closely intermingled with the true worship. (source)
- Christianity to the heathen idolatry, which is the reason of the caution which follows: "Little children, keep yourselves from idols." (source)
- Judah ... shall fall with them -- This prophecy is later than Ho 4: 15, when Judah had not gone so far in idolatry; now her imitation of (source)
- We are then guilty of that substitution of means for ends, which is called idolatry in religion, absurdity in logic, and folly in morals. (source)
- No idolatry is mentioned; and the temple services, the priesthood, and other institutions of the theocracy, are represented as flourishing. (source)
- And this is the reason why covetousness is so often in Scripture called idolatry; because the covetous man sets up his riches in the place of (source)
- We accordingly find it employed in every part of the Northern hemisphere, where the symbolical religion improperly called idolatry does or did prevail. (source)
- Therefore unbelief, despair and hatred of God, which are opposed to internal worship, are graver sins than idolatry, which is opposed to external worship. (source)
- Uriah -- an accomplice of Ahaz in idolatry, and therefore a witness not likely to assist the prophet of God in getting up a prophecy after the event (2Ki 16: 10). (source)
- And whatever power destroys idolatry is in the ready way to magnify and exalt itself, as this stone, when it had broken the image to pieces, became a great mountain. (source)
- The grossness of pagan idolatry is only equalled by the revolting character and frightful extent of the immoralities which it fostered and consecrated (Ro 1: 24, 26, 27). (source)
- This betrays itself in their painters and sculptors, and it is a constant impulse to a kind of idolatry, which is not in keeping with this age, and necessarily seems absurd. (source)
- But the chief lesson which exile had burned in on the Jewish mind was a loathing of idolatry, which is in remarkable contrast to the inclination to it that had marked their previous history. (source)
- Medicine was anciently called the divine art; to be entitled to hold that appellation, ought it not to lend its aid to arrest in this happy republic the progress of idolatry, which is only another name for fanaticism? (source)
- And in light of their own inheritance within this particular tradition system, Michel, which calls the idolatry of white Christianity into question, now what I want to suggest is not a harkening back, that's the third point, right? (source)
- Ahab the son of Omri did evil in the sight of the Lord above all that were before him -- The worship of God by symbols had hitherto been the offensive form of apostasy in Israel, but now gross idolatry is openly patronized by the court. (source)
- Poland and all the south remained a long time after him in what was called idolatry; the half of Africa, all the kingdoms beyond the Ganges, Japan, the populace of China, and a hundred hordes of Tartars, have preserved their ancient religion. (source)
- Philistines -- (2Ki 16: 6; 2Ch 28: 18, 19). ashamed of thy lewd way -- The Philistines were less wanton in idolatry, in that they did not, like Israel, adopt the idols of every foreign country but were content with their own (Eze 16: 57; Jer 2: 11). (source)
- The Jews whom God sent to Babylon were there weaned from idolatry, and were restored; those who went to Egypt by their perverse will were hardened in idolatry, and perished there. have a desire -- literally, "lift up (their) soul," that is, their hopes (source)
- This then is one thing that forgetfulness of God includes, namely, earthly-mindedness; which is the most horrid wickedness you can think of, for it stands in most direct opposition to God: and therefore covetousness is called idolatry, or a taking another god. (source)
- For just as we speak univocally of the desire of false happiness, and of the desire of true happiness, so too, seemingly, we speak univocally of the worship of false gods, which is called idolatry, and of the worship of the true God, which is the latria of true religion. (source)
- They are a law-abiding people, without castes, accustomed to rise by merit to highest distinctions, and capable of the noblest training, when their idolatry, which is waxing old as a garment, shall be folded up as a vesture and changed for _that_ whose years shall not fail. (source)
- Nevertheless he left not himself without witness -- Though the heinousness of idolatry is represented as so much less in the heathen, by how much they were outside the pale of revealed religion, he takes care to add that the heathen have divine "witness" enough to leave them (source)
- Nothing yet seen can be called idolatry when compared with this, and I felt like giving up all hope of improvement in these people; but then when one sees the extent and character of the superstitions of the East he cannot help having doubts of the advancement or elevation of the species. (source)
- The Law of Moses concerning him that enticeth to idolatry, that is to say, in the kingdom of God to a renouncing of his allegiance, forbids to conceal him, and commands the accuser to cause him to be put to death, and to cast the first stone at him; 448 but not to kill him before he be condemned. (source)
- The case was simply that there were a number of persons determined not to demand mere toleration for themselves, but to pluck down what they called idolatry everywhere and to keep the Edwardine service in the parish churches in defiance of all authority, and even of the feelings of their fellow parishioners. (source)
- Joshua gathered all the tribes of Israel to Shechem -- Another and final opportunity of dissuading the people against idolatry is here described as taken by the aged leader, whose solicitude on this account arose from his knowledge of the extreme readiness of the people to conform to the manners of the surrounding nations. (source)
- Church, confirmed by the Act of Uniformity, were very much easier to reconcile with Calvinism than with what Calvinists called idolatry, and in particular the abolition of the law of celibacy in itself had a very strong tendency to abolish the sense of differentiation between clergy and laity so essential to the old Catholic position. (source)
- And that they entertained all of them false notions of God is from hence evident, that none of them either, by virtue of their knowledge of him, did free themselves from gross idolatry, which is the greatest enmity unto him, or did not countenance themselves in many impieties or sins from those notions they had received of God and his goodness, Rom. i. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 43 example sentences provided below is 48.0, which suggests that "idolatry" is a difficult word that tends to be used by individuals of higher education, and is likely found in more advanced literature or in academia.
We have 3 synonyms for idolatry.
adoration, idolism, worship
We have 0 antonyms for idolatry.
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of idolatry from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (noun) Worship of idols.
- (noun) Blind or excessive devotion to something.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (noun) The worship of idols.
- (noun) The admiration of somebody or something.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (noun) The worship of idols, images, or anything which is not God; the worship of false gods.
- (noun) Excessive attachment or veneration for anything; respect or love which borders on adoration.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (noun) The worship of idols or images; more generally, the paying of divine honors to any created object; the ascription of divine power to natural agencies
- (noun) Immoderate veneration or love for any person or thing; admiration bordering on adoration.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (noun) the worship of idols; the worship of images that are not God
- (noun) religious zeal; the willingness to serve God