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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Idol \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.] 1. An image or representation of anything. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Do her adore with sacred reverence, As th' idol of her maker's great magnificence. --Spenser. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] That they should not worship devils, and idols of gold. --Rev. ix. 20. [1913 Webster] 3. That on which the affections are strongly (often excessively) set; an object of passionate devotion; a person or thing greatly loved or adored. [1913 Webster] The soldier's god and people's idol. --Denham. [1913 Webster] 4. A false notion or conception; a fallacy. --Bacon. [1913 Webster] The idols of preconceived opinion. --Coleridge. [1913 Webster]