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Jul 6, 2010
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Words made with combining forms

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plutocracy
bibliolatry
epigraph
anemometer
stenosis

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with Anu Garg

bibliolatry

PRONUNCIATION:
(bib-lee-OL-uh-tree)

MEANING:
noun:
1. Excessive devotion to the Bible, especially to its literal interpretation.
2. Extreme devotion to books.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Greek biblio- (book) + -latry (worship).

USAGE:
"Fifty percent of college graduates expect Jesus to be here any day now. We are, says Paul Boyer, almost unique in the Western World in combining high educational levels with high levels of bibliolatry."
Martin Gardner; Waiting for the Last Judgement; The Washington Post; Nov 8, 1992.

"Bibliophilia: the love, and collecting, of books. No problems there... But watch out. The next step up may be bibliolatry: an extreme fondness for books."
David McKie; The Baron of Bibliomania; The Guardian (London, UK); May 5, 2008.

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

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
It is not how old you are, but how you are old. -Jules Renard, writer (1864-1910)

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