idol: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (īd'l), [key]
— n.
  1. an image or other material object representing a deity to which religious worship is addressed.
    1. an image of a deity other than God.
    2. the deity itself.
  2. any person or thing regarded with blind admiration, adoration, or devotion: Madame Curie had been her childhood idol.
  3. a mere image or semblance of something, visible but without substance, as a phantom.
  4. a figment of the mind; fantasy.
  5. a false conception or notion; fallacy.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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