Definition of graven image in English:

graven image

Pronunciation /ˈɡreɪvən ˈɪmɪdʒ/


  • A carved idol or representation of a god used as an object of worship.

    ‘Our supreme temptation today is not idol worship of graven images so much as settling for the good rather than striving for the best.’
    • ‘The First Commandment reveals all kinds of idols - not simply graven images but common ‘gods,’ like money or fame, and more complicated ones, like works-righteousness.’
    • ‘Both embody the commandments to have no other gods before the Lord and neither to make nor worship graven images.’
    • ‘Such icons, or graven images, are held in awe by the followers of the respective faiths.’
    • ‘There have also been documented examples of Him smiting those caught worshipping graven images.’
    • ‘The Second Commandment extends that prohibition to veneration of material objects - it forbids ‘bowing down to’ or worshipping graven images of any kind.’
    • ‘Now he doesn't tell people that these images are gods, per se, but he clearly violates the commandment against graven images.’
    • ‘We have not retained the commandment against making graven images because it is no longer relevant.’
    • ‘Characters insist time and again that they are not pagans who pray to graven images.’
    • ‘For the early Hebrews God was not in the objects of Nature themselves, hence the outlawing of idols and the construction of graven images.’
    • ‘The church had interpreted the biblical prohibition against graven images to forbid the creation of sculpture in the round until the early eighteenth century.’
    • ‘What follows, of course, are the rules against other gods, graven images, vain swearing, and Sabbath breaking.’
    • ‘The religious justification derives from the ban on graven images, common to the jealous God of the Old Testament and to Allah.’
    • ‘The chosen people were not to have any other gods, make graven images or take God's name in vain.’
    • ‘The Russian Orthodox Church had long forbidden the creation of sculpture in the round as contravening the biblical prohibition against graven images.’
    • ‘He also denounced the creation of any graven images, whether of himself or of the other prophets.’
    • ‘Siona often wondered whether a painted image was the same thing as a graven image.’
    • ‘Thus the Golden Calf led to the Mosaic injunction in Judaism, Christianity and Islam: ‘Thou shalt not bow down to graven images!’’
    • ‘The Old Testament forbade the making of ‘any graven image, nor the likeness of anything that is in heaven above nor in the earth below’.’
    • ‘One of the Ten Commandments is that you shall not make any graven image.’


With biblical allusion to Exod. 20:4.