PRONUNCIATION: (eye-skroh-luh-TREE-uh)

MEANING: noun: Excessive devotion to filth or obscenity.

ETYMOLOGY: From Greek aischro- (shameful or ugly) + -latreia (worship). Earliest documented use: 1912.

AISCHROLATRIA - having ugly upper-chambers of the heart

AISCROLATREIA - worshipping the parchment and ink of the ancient Holy Writ rather than the meaning of its contents

AISCHROLATRESIA - the island fishery did not develop properly