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[ahy-kon-uh-klaz-uh m] /aɪˈkɒn əˌklæz əm/
the action or spirit of iconoclasts.
Origin of iconoclasm
1790-1800; iconocl(ast) + -asm on model of such pairs as enthusiast: enthusiasm Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • In fact, the propensity to iconoclasm was not part of his constitution.

    Recollections and Impressions Octavius Brooks Frothingham
  • The causes for, as well as the agents of, this iconoclasm, differ widely.

    Stained Glass Tours in England Charles Hitchcock Sherrill
  • This iconoclasm had its time, and, one supposes, its office.

    Modern Society Julia Ward Howe
  • For all her courage and iconoclasm, she was deeply feminine in outlook and behavior.

    Emma Goldman Charles A. Madison
  • He could despise her iconoclasm and still utilize its intelligence to aid him in his climb.

    Gargoyles Ben Hecht
  • His iconoclasm increased as if inspired by the length of the minister's harangue.

    Gargoyles Ben Hecht
  • The way of the truth-teller is not made easier by charges of iconoclasm.

    Safe Marriage Ettie A. Rout
  • But the reason may not be connected with the iconoclasm of "Ann Veronica."

    Books and Persons Arnold Bennett
British Dictionary definitions for iconoclasm


the acts or beliefs of an iconoclast
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for iconoclasm

1797 in reference to breaking of idols; 1858 in reference to beliefs, institutions, etc.; see iconoclast + -ism.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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