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From Ancient Greek εἰδωλολάτρης (eidōlolatrēs, idolater).



īdōlolatrēs m (genitive īdōlolatrae); first declension

  1. An idol worshipper, idolater.
    • c. 196-211, Quintus Septimius Florens Tertullianus, De idolatria, 1
      idololatres idem homicida est
      "The idolater is likewise a murderer."
    • c. 400-417, Augustine of Hippo, De Trinitate, liber I
      unde idololatrae dicuntur qui simulacris eam servitutem exhibent quae debetur Deo
      "They are called idolaters, who give that service to images or idols, which is due to God."

Usage notesEdit

  • In ordinary Classical Latin pronunciation, when tr co-occur intervocalically at a syllabic boundary (denoted in pronunciatory transcriptions by <.>), both consonants are considered to belong to the latter syllable; if the former syllable contains only a short vowel (and not a long vowel or a diphthong), then it is a light syllable. Where the two syllables under consideration are a word's penult and antepenult, this has a bearing on stress, because a word whose penult is a heavy syllable is stressed on that syllable, whereas one whose penult is a light syllable is stressed on the antepenult instead. In poetic usage, where syllabic weight and stress are important for metrical reasons, writers sometimes regard the t in such a sequence as belonging to the former syllable; in this case, doing so alters the word's stress. For more words whose stress can be varied poetically, see their category.


First declension, Greek type masculine in -ēs.

Number Singular Plural
nominative īdōlolatrēs īdōlolatrae
genitive īdōlolatrae īdōlolatrārum
dative īdōlolatrae īdōlolatrīs
accusative īdōlolatrēn īdōlolatrās
ablative īdōlolatrē īdōlolatrīs
vocative īdōlolatrē īdōlolatrae

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