Origin of iconoclast
Examples from the Web for iconoclast
Concerned and kind, he was also the ultimate risk taker, an iconoclast with an edgy, hard charging quality about him.
A good many pulsating Dulcineas who didn't know what "Iconoclast" meant, regarded him as an awful Iconoclast.Ade's Fables|George Ade
The iconoclast both of the revolutionary and of the Napoleonic legends chills alike the heart of the worshippers at either shrine.Political and Literary essays, 1908-1913|Evelyn Baring
Savonarola has sometimes been described as an iconoclast, obstinately hostile to the fine arts.Renaissance in Italy Vol. 3|John Addington Symonds
British Dictionary definitions for iconoclast
- a destroyer of religious images or sacred objects
- an adherent of the heretical movement within the Greek Orthodox Church from 725 to 842 ad, which aimed at the destruction of icons and religious images
Word Origin for iconoclast
Word Origin and History for iconoclast
"breaker or destroyer of images," 1590s, from French iconoclaste and directly from Medieval Latin iconoclastes, from Late Greek eikonoklastes, from eikon (genitive eikonos) "image" + klastes "breaker," from klas- past tense stem of klan "to break" (see clastic). Originally those in the Eastern Church in 8c. and 9c. whose mobs of followers destroyed icons and other religious objects on the grounds that they were idols. Applied to 16c.-17c. Protestants in Netherlands who vandalized former Catholic churches on similar grounds. Extended sense of "one who attacks orthodox beliefs or institutions" is first attested 1842.