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graven image

noun
1.
an idol.
Origin of graven image
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English
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  • And the mother took the graven image from her neck, and from her bosom; and she kissed it, and hung it round the neck of her babe.

  • "I ain't exactly a graven image, now that you mention it," he admitted.

    Cap'n Dan's Daughter Joseph C. Lincoln
  • We are forbidden by the law of Moses to create any graven image of man, of bird or beast.

    The Brook Kerith George Moore
  • Darn him, like a graven image there, the only mute, immovable thing in that turmoil!

  • But what befell King Bhoya when the graven image had thus ended his saying?

    In Clive's Command Herbert Strang
  • Not a graven image, scarcely a picture, remained in any of them.

    The Golden Grasshopper W.H.G. Kingston
  • Ben Stone, his face as grim as that of a graven image, stood forth and waited.

  • When they got up she said, How could you pray to that graven image?

    The Story of My Life, volumes 4-6 Augustus J. C. Hare
  • Sitting back in his padded chair, the Judge might have been a graven image.

    Berry And Co. Dornford Yates
  • Some one spoke of him afterwards as looking like a "graven image."

    The Passion for Life Joseph Hocking
British Dictionary definitions for graven image

graven image

noun
1.
(mainly Bible) a carved image used as an idol
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graven image in the Bible

Deut. 27:15; Ps. 97:7 (Heb. pesel), refers to the household gods of idolaters. "Every nation and city had its own gods...Yet every family had its separate household or tutelary god."

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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