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bibliolatry (bib-lee-OL-uh-tree) noun

1. Excessive adherence to a literal interpretation of the Bible.

2. Extreme devotion to or concern with books.

"A bibliophile is a lover of books; a bibliomane, a wildly enthusiastic collector. An abandoned fanatic, once he succumbs to bibliolatry, graduates into a bibliomaniac. While a bibliomaniac's spouse might easily become a bibliophobe, his arch nemesis would be a biblioclast: a destroyer of books." Bill Strubbe, A Bibliophile in Britain, The World & I, 1 Aug 1994.

A saying goes, "Show me the books you read and I'll tell you who you are." In the same vein it wouldn't be untrue to say, "Show me the words you use and I'll tell you who you are." Add a few more pages to your verbal catalog with this week's words about books. -Anu


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