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Oct 28, 2010
This week's theme
Words made with combining forms

This week's words
ventriloquism
posology
onomancy
hagiolatry
misogamy

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hagiolatry

PRONUNCIATION:
(hag-ee-OL-uh-tree, hay-jee-)

MEANING:
noun:
1. The worship of saints.
2. Treating someone with undue reverence.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Greek hagio- (holy) + -latry (worship). First recorded use: 1808.

USAGE:
"To quote Constantino: Dr. Jose Rizal will still occupy a good position in our national pantheon even if we discard hagiolatry and subject him to a more mature historical evaluation."
John Nery; Falling for the American Trap; Philippine Daily Inquirer (Manila, Philippines); Jun 22, 2010.

See more usage examples of hagiolatry in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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