-olatry, -latry, -olater-, -later, -olatress, -latress, -olatria, -olatrous, -latrous

(Greek: worship; excessively, fanatically devoted to someone or something; “service paid to the gods”)

Yet, if he would, man cannot live all to this world. If not religious, he will be superstitious. If he worships not the true God, he will have his idols.

—Theodore Parker
angelolatry (s) (noun), angelolatries (pl)
The worship of angels; angel worship.
anthropolatry (s) (noun), anthropolatries (pl)
1. The worship of mankind; the giving of divine honors to a human being.
2. The worship of a human being as a god.
3. The cult of a god conceived as in human form.
arborolatry (s) (noun), arborolatries (pl)
The worship of trees.
archaeolater (s) (noun), archaeolaters (pl)
A person who worships anything old which is no longer being used: Clifford was considered to be an archaeolater because he loved all the very old things that his great-grandfather had, and started collecting many other old and interesting objects and books from different antique stores.
archaeolatrous (adjective), more archaeolatrous, most archaeolatrous
archaeolatry, archeolatry (s) (noun) (no pl)
The devotion to, or the worship of, ancient things: One of Mr. Hutchison's hobbies was archaeolatry because he was especially fond of learning more about old customs and expressions, and collecting very old and archaic objects.
artolatry (s) (noun), artolatries (pl)
The worship of bread in the eucharist or the Catholic mass.
astrolater (s) (noun), astrolaters (pl)
A person who worships the heavenly bodies.
astrolatry (s) (noun), astrolatries (pl)
The worship of the heavenly bodies or the stars.
autolatria (s) (noun), autolatrie (pl)
The worship of oneself.
autolatry (s) (noun), autolatries (pl)
Self worship; the cult of looking out for number one (probably the most practiced cult in the world).

He who falls in love with himself will have no rivals.

—Benjamin Franklin
Bardolater (s) (noun), Bardolaters (pl)
Someone who worships the Bard (Shakespeare).
Bardolatry (s) (noun), Bardolatries (pl)
Worship of, or idolizing, the "Bard of Avon"; that is, Shakespeare; occasionally it is also a reference to other writers.

George Bernard Shaw once described a Shakespeare play as "stagy trash". On another occasion, Shaw said he'd like to dig Shakespeare from the grave and throw stones at him. Shaw could beequally scathing toward Shakespeare's adoring fans. He called them "foolish Bardolaters," and he wrote about Bardolatrous ignoramuses, and called blind Shakespeare worship Bardolatry.

As odd as it may appear after such denunciations, Shaw didn't despise Shakespeare or his work; on the contrary, he was, by his own admission, an admirer, but he disdained those who put Shakespeare beyond reproach.

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bibliolatry (s) (noun), bibliolatries (pl)
1. An extravagant admiration of a book or of books in general.
2. The worship of a book, particularly the Bible: Bibliolatry is a term of criticism levied against individuals who have an excessive devotion for certain books.

Christolatry (s) (noun), Christolatries (pl)
The worship of Christ as divine.

Related religious-word units: church; dei-, div-; ecclesi-; fanati-; hiero-; idol-; theo-; zelo-.