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[ahy-kon-uh-klas-tik] /aɪˌkɒn əˈklæs tɪk/
attacking or ignoring cherished beliefs and long-held traditions, etc., as being based on error, superstition, or lack of creativity:
an iconoclastic architect whose buildings are like monumental sculptures.
breaking or destroying images, especially those set up for religious veneration.
Origin of iconoclastic
Related forms
iconoclastically, adverb
noniconoclastic, adjective
noniconoclastically, adverb
uniconoclastic, adjective
uniconoclastically, adverb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • It might have been a church, and the militia a regiment of Cromwell's iconoclastic Puritans.

    Mistress Wilding Rafael Sabatini
  • But his mother had arranged it, so in a way it was immune from his iconoclastic rage.

    The Rough Road

    William John Locke
  • After Mazarin came Foucquet, the great, the iconoclastic, the unfortunate.

    The Tapestry Book Helen Churchill Candee
  • (the Isaurian) promulgated his iconoclastic edict in the Eastern Empire.

    The Cathedral Builders Leader Scott
  • This crystallised the iconoclastic elements of opposition into a party.

    The Rise of the Mediaeval Church Alexander Clarence Flick
  • Its nature is iconoclastic and it may exist without ideas of reconstruction.

    English Secularism George Jacob Holyoake
  • Negations, useful in their place, are iconoclastic—not constructive.

    The Principles Of Secularism George Jacob Holyoake
Word Origin and History for iconoclastic

1640s; see iconoclast + -ic.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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