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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR IDOLS

But then I dragged these idols down and made you see me as I am.

They led the natives to destroy their idols and to give up cannibalism.

Because they prayed to God, when other people were praying to idols.

In the palanquins were two idols, god and goddess, out on view.

There are idols by the roadside, and these are open to all; but they are lesser creations.

So the Buddhist idols determined to get rid of the little fat fellow.

The same attitude towards their idols was adopted by the Polynesians.

But seing they giue this vnto these Idols / are they not Idolatrors?

All the idols in the world except the Kaaba tumbled to earth.

Demolition of one's idols is painful, and Carlyle had been an idol.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-13c., "image of a deity as an object of (pagan) worship," from Old French idole "idol, graven image, pagan god," from Late Latin idolum "image (mental or physical), form," used in Church Latin for "false god," from Greek eidolon "appearance, reflection in water or a mirror," later "mental image, apparition, phantom," also "material image, statue," from eidos "form" (see -oid). Figurative sense of "something idolized" is first recorded 1560s (in Middle English the figurative sense was "someone who is false or untrustworthy"). Meaning "a person so adored" is from 1590s.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.