noun, plural i·dol·a·tries.
- the religious worship of idols.
- excessive or blind adoration, reverence, devotion, etc.
- the worship of idols
- great devotion or reverence
mid-13c., from Old French idolatrie, from Vulgar Latin idolatria, shortened from Late Latin idololatria (Tertullian), from Ecclesiastical Greek eidololatria “worship of idols,” from eidolon “image” (see idol) + latreia “worship, service” (see -latry).