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Definition of idol:

  1. A false notion or conception; a fallacy.
  2. 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.
  3. An image or representation of anything.
  4. That on which the affections are strongly ( often excessively) set; an object of passionate devotion; a person or thing greatly loved or adored.

Synonyms:

aureole, flawlessness, frankincense, beau ideal, God, guiding light, totem, joss stick, inamorata, apotheosis, wonder, immortal, saint, golden girl, nonesuch, legend, nonpareil, halo, folk hero, ideal, icon, ne plus ultra, simulacrum, graven image, role model, perfection, burnt offering, matinee idol, golden boy, paragon, mandala, nonsuch, iconography, desire, incense, fetish.

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