English Thesaurus
(noun) 
Definition
an object of excessive devotion or admiration
They cheered as they caught sight of their idol.
Synonyms
hero
I still remember my boyhood heroes.
, ,
pin-up
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favourite
He was a favourite of the king.
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pet
They taunted her about being the teacher's pet.
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darling
He was the darling of the family.
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beloved (slang)
He takes his beloved in his arms.
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fave (informal)
(noun) 
Definition
an image of a god used as an object of worship
Some denounced them for worshipping idols.
Synonyms
graven image
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god
Zeus, king of the gods
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image
The polished stone bore the graven image of a snakebird.
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deity
an omnipotent, benevolent and omniscient deity
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pagan symbol

Additional synonyms

in the sense of beloved
Definition
a person who is dearly loved
He takes his beloved in his arms.
Synonyms
angel (informal),
loved one,
truelove,
dear one,
inamorata or inamorato
in the sense of darling
Definition
a favourite
He was the darling of the family.
Synonyms
pet,
spoilt child,
apple of your eye,
blue-eyed boy,
fair-haired boy (US)
in the sense of deity
Definition
a god or goddess
an omnipotent, benevolent and omniscient deity
Synonyms
god,
goddess,
godhead,
divine being,
supreme being,
celestial being,
atua (New Zealand)

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