KJV Dictionary Definition: idol


I'DOL, n. L. idolum; Gr. form or to see.

1. An image, form or representation, usually of a man or other animal, consecrated as an object of worship; a pagan deity. Idols are usually statues or images, carved out of wood or stone, or formed of metals, particularly silver or gold.

The gods of the nations are idols. Ps.96.

2. An image.

Nor ever idol seemed so much alive.

3. A person loved and honored to adoration. The prince was the idol of the people.

4. Any thing on which we set our affections; that to which we indulge an excessive and sinful attachment.

Little children, keep yourselves from idols. 1 John.5.

An idol is any thing which usurps the place of God in the hearts of his rational creatures.

5. A representation. Not in use.


I'DOLISM, n. The worship of idols. Little used.


I'DOLIZE, v.t. To love to excess; to love or reverence to adoration; as, to idolize gold or wealth; to idolize children; to idolize a virtuous magistrate or a hero.


I'DOLIZED, pp. Loved or reverenced to adoration.


I'DOLIZER, n. One who idolizes, or loves to reverence.


I'DOLIZING, ppr. Loving or revering to an excess bordering on adoration.