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IDOL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does idol mean? 

IDOL (noun)
  The noun IDOL has 3 senses:

1. a material effigy that is worshipped
2. someone who is adored blindly and excessively
3. an ideal instance; a perfect embodiment of a concept

  Familiarity information: IDOL used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


IDOL (noun)


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Meaning:

A material effigy that is worshipped

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

graven image; idol; god

Context examples:

thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image / money was his god

Hypernyms ("idol" is a kind of...):

effigy; image; simulacrum (a representation of a person (especially in the form of sculpture))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "idol"):

golden calf ((Old Testament) an idol made by Aaron for the Israelites to worship; destroyed by Moses; it is now used to refer to anything worshipped undeservedly)

joss (a Chinese god worshipped in the form of an idol)

Juggernaut (a crude idol of Krishna)


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Meaning:

Someone who is adored blindly and excessively

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

matinee idol; idol

Hypernyms ("idol" is a kind of...):

lead; principal; star (an actor who plays a principal role)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "idol"):

heartthrob (an object of infatuation)


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Meaning:

An ideal instance; a perfect embodiment of a concept

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

beau ideal; paragon; perfection; idol

Hypernyms ("idol" is a kind of...):

ideal (the idea of something that is perfect; something that one hopes to attain)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "idol"):

gold standard (a paragon of excellence)


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