Lexicon: idol – ignorance

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idol (-'s), n. [OFr idole < L. 'apparition, phantom, likeness'.]

Image; false god; statue of wood, stone, or metal; [fig.] insensate being; unfeeling one.

idolatry, n. [OFr < L.]

Veneration; devotion; attraction, adulation, adoration, and admiration; [lit.] unlawful worship of an image (see 1 Corinthians 10:13).

i e, conj. [Johnson has “i. e.” and Franklin has “i. e,”; abbreviation of L. id est, that is to say.]

In example; by explanation; that is; stands for.

if, conj. [OE; subordinating conjunction.] (webplay: admit, affirmation, bread, chance, fact, give, God, grant, let, message, sentence, son, stones, suppose, uncertain, whether, whole).

  1. [Introduces a condition] hoping; granting; supposing; imagining; let it be that.
  2. [Introduces a possibility] whether; be it true; entertaining the possibility that.
  3. Phrase. “As if”: [see as, conj.] seemingly; hypothetically like.

ignis fatuus, n. [L. 'foolish fire'.]

Flickering light; 'will with the whip'; 'jack with the lantern'; light seen at night caused by phosphoric gas from putrefying matter; [fig.] illusion; fancy; fantasy; phantasy; something misleading; figment of the imagination.

ignite (-ed), v. [L. ignite, to set on fire.] (webplay: fire).

  1. Erupt in flames; catch fire spontaneously [intransitive.]
  2. Set into flames; light on fire intentionally [transitive.]

ignition, n. [L. ignition-em, see ignite, v.] (webplay: fire).

Act of kindling; setting on fire; buildup of flame.

ignoble, adj. [Fr. < ignobilis, not noble.] (webplay: mean).

  1. Humble; lowly; less able to see; [fig.] human; mortal; earthly.
  2. Base; unworthy; insignificant; slight; trivial; hollow; less in status.

ignominy (-'s), n. [Fr. ignominie < L. 'disgrace, dishonor'.]

  1. Disgrace; dishonor; indignity of persecution; notoriety of false accusation; degradation of martyrdom.
  2. Shame; pity.
  3. Sin; iniquity; dishonesty; wickedness; base conduct.
  4. Disrepute; loss of status; humble station.

ignorance, n. [see ignorant, adj.]

  1. Inexperience; lack of knowledge.
  2. Shock; senselessness; paralysis; blindness; [paradox] dazzling beauty; stunning awareness; overwhelming vision.
  3. Innocence; hunger for truth; need for further knowledge.
  4. Mortal limitation; human foible.