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iconoclastic

[ahy-kon-uh-klas-tik]
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  1. 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.
  2. breaking or destroying images, especially those set up for religious veneration.
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Origin of iconoclastic

Related formsi·con·o·clas·ti·cal·ly, adverbnon·i·con·o·clas·tic, adjectivenon·i·con·o·clas·ti·cal·ly, adverbun·i·con·o·clas·tic, adjectiveun·i·con·o·clas·ti·cal·ly, adverb
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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.

  • This crystallised the Iconoclastic elements of opposition into a party.

    The Rise of the Mediaeval Church

    Alexander Clarence Flick


Word Origin and History for iconoclastic

adj.

1640s; see iconoclast + -ic.

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