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Not to be confused with idle.

An idol is an image or other material object representing a deity to which religious worship is addressed or any person or thing regarded with admiration, adoration, or devotion.

More specific terms include:

  • Cult image, a religion-neutral term for a man-made object that is worshipped or worshipped for the deity, spirit or demon that it embodies or represents
  • Idolatry, a term used especially in Abrahamic religions for the worship of cult images, termed idols, perhaps tending towards iconoclasm, the destruction of images
  • Murti, a point of focus for devotion or meditation in Hindu and Buddhist religion (not always man-made)

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