household god

household god
2. : a deeply respected or revered person, thing, idea, or custom

the Victorian household gods Respectability, Prudery and Humbug squat smugly on their pedestals — New York Herald Tribune

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a god presiding over and protecting the home, esp. in the religion of ancient Rome. Cf. lares and penates.

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household god,
1. one of the lares and penates of the ancient Romans.
2. any person or thing greatly cherished or revered in a home or household: »

The Motor God is a household god that has to be washed and polished and propitiated with accessories (Anthony W. Benn).

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