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What Does Ideolatry Mean?
(Dr. Rich Masek 11/23/2008)
 
Ideolatry is a rarely used and yet to be fully incorporated word that has both a familiar and unfamiliar feel to it. Some new words come into a language through the blending of two words to form a new one. The concept encompassed within Ideolatry is important because it identifies an extremely pervasive attitude and prevalent world view. Ideolatry offers a unique descriptor to address two notions that share a common heritage, the human mental process.

 
Random House’s Dictionary.com indicates that ideas stem from the mind of man through contemplation, meditation, and observation of his surroundings.

idea (noun)
Any conception existing in the mind as a result of mental understanding, awareness, or activity.

Another word that can describe the acquired emotional attachment to an idea is the word, idolatry, as defined by the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary.

idolatry (noun)
1)  The worship of a physical object as a god.
2)  Immoderate attachment or devotion to something.

The mind, will, and emotions of man unite through thought to form ideas. Thoughts merge in the mind and can stimulate an attitude of idolatry about the idea. Ideolatry is the fusion of these two words, idea and idolatry.

Ideolatry (ī dē älˈ ətrē), (noun)
 

1)  The worship, attachment, or devotion to a concept originating and existing in the mind as a result of mental understanding, awareness, or activity.
2)  The worship or devotion to the thoughts and intents derived from the human mind.
3)  The worship of the human intellect.


 idea + idolatry = Ideolatry
Ideolatry is now on Wiktionary
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