I"dol (?), n. [OE. idole, F. idole, L. idolum, fr. Gr. , fr. that which is seen, the form, shape, figure, fr. to see. See Wit, and cf. Eidolon.]


An image or representation of anything.


Do her adore with sacred reverence, As th' idol of her maker's great magnificence. Spenser.


An image of a divinity; a representation or symbol of a deity or any other being or thing, made or used as an object of worship; a similitude of a false god.

That they should not worship devils, and idols of gold. Rev. ix. 20.


That on which the affections are strongly (often excessively) set; an object of passionate devotion; a person or thing greatly loved or adored.

The soldier's god and people's idol. Denham.


A false notion or conception; a fallacy.


The idols of preconceived opinion. Coleridge.


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