graven image
noun Etymology: graven, past participle of 1grave Date: 14th century an object of worship carved usually from wood or stone ; idol

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  • Graven image — Graven Grav en, p. p. of {Grave}, v. t. Carved. [1913 Webster] {Graven image}, an idol; an object of worship carved from wood, stone, etc. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image. Ex. xx. 4. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • graven image — ► NOUN ▪ a carved figure of a god used as an idol. ORIGIN with biblical allusion to the Book of Exodus, chapter 20 …   English terms dictionary

  • graven image — n. an idol made from stone or wood …   English World dictionary

  • graven image — UK [ˌɡreɪv(ə)n ˈɪmɪdʒ] / US noun [countable] Word forms graven image : singular graven image plural graven images literary a picture or statue of a god or holy person …   English dictionary

  • graven image — noun a material effigy that is worshipped (Freq. 1) thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image money was his god • Syn: ↑idol, ↑god • Derivationally related forms: ↑idolize ( …   Useful english dictionary

  • graven image — an idol. [1350 1400; ME] * * * …   Universalium

  • Graven image —    Deut. 27:15; Ps. 97:7 (Heb. pesel), refers to the household gods of idolaters. Every nation and city had its own gods...Yet every family had its separate household or tutelary god …   Easton's Bible Dictionary

  • graven image — The OT prohibition of idolatry (Deut. 4:15–18) was renewed by Christians when confronted with orders to worship the statue of the Roman emperor (Rev. 14:9–11). But the OT (Isa. 46:6) was too much driven by religious polemic in supposing that… …   Dictionary of the Bible

  • graven image — grav|en im|age [ ,greıvn ımıdʒ ] noun count LITERARY a picture or STATUE of a god or holy person …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • graven image — noun a carved figure of a god used as an idol. Origin with biblical allusion to Exod. 20:4 …   English new terms dictionary

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