Definition of Golden calf

1. Noun. (Old Testament) an idol made by Aaron for the Israelites to worship; destroyed by Moses; it is now used to refer to anything worshipped undeservedly.

Generic synonyms: God, Graven Image, Idol
Category relationships: Old Testament

Definition of Golden calf

1. Noun. (''Old Testament'') A golden image of a calf, made by Aaron and worshipped by the Israelites. ¹

2. Noun. (context: by extension) Money as an end in itself; mammon. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Golden Calf

golden-beard penstemon
golden-crested kinglet
golden-eyed fly
golden ager
golden algae
golden aster
golden barrel cactus
golden boy
golden boys
golden calf (current term)
golden calla
golden chain
golden chinkapin
golden clematis
golden club
golden crown beard
golden crownbeard
golden cup
golden duck
golden eagle
golden eagles
golden everlasting
golden fairy lantern
golden fern

Literary usage of Golden calf

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Journal of Theological Studies (1905)
"We say an Aaron, for, though not improbable, it is not certain that the Aaron of golden calf fame is the same as the Aaron, the elder and seer, ..."

2. The Masque Torn Off by Thomas De Witt Talmage (1878)
"THE WORSHIP OF THE golden calf. " And he took the calf which they had made, and burnt it in the flre, and ground it to powder, and strewed it upon the water ..."

3. Southey's Common-place Book by Robert Southey (1851)
"... Aaron for making the golden calf!—BAYLE. " KNOWEST thou not that fish caught with medicines, and women gotten with witchcraft are never wholesome. ..."

4. Manners and Customs of the Ancient Egyptians, by Sir John Gardner Wilkinson (1841)
"It was from this, and not the Apis, that the Israelites borrowed their notions of the golden calf; and the offerings, dancing, ..."

5. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable: Giving the Derivation, Source, Or Origin of by Ebenezer Cobham Brewer (1898)
"golden calf. We all worship the golden calf, ie money. The reference и to the golden calf made by 'Aaron when Moses was absent on Mount Sinai. (Exod. xxxii. ..."

6. The Masque Torn Off by Thomas De Witt Talmage (1882)
"Let the golden calf perish! But, my friends, if we have made this world our god, when we come to die we will see our idol demolished. ..."

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