1. a person who attacks cherished beliefs, traditional institutions, etc., as being based on error or superstition.
2. a breaker or destroyer of images, especially those set up for religious veneration.
i·con·o·clas·tic , adjective
Related Words for iconoclast
unbeliever, questioner, dissenter, heretic, radical, dissident, nonbeliever, critic, rebel, revolutionist, cynic, sceptic, ruiner, non-conformist
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2. nonconformist, rebel, dissenter, radical.
Origin: 1590–1600; < Medieval Latin iconoclastes < Medieval Greek eikonoklástes, equivalent to Greek eikono- icono- + -klastes breaker, equivalent to klas- (variant stem of klân to break) + -tes agent noun suffix
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Contemporary Examples of iconoclast
Concerned and kind, he was also the ultimate risk taker, an iconoclast with an edgy, hard charging quality about him.
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They Murdered My Friend
November 17, 2008
Historical Examples of iconoclast
I am an iconoclast and have broken my god and cannot put together the pieces.
Francis Hopkinson Smith
I would like to say that I have no fear of the odium of the designation of iconoclast .
Mother Earth, Vol. 1 No. 2, April 1906
There is no iconoclast in the world like an extreme Mohammedan.
A Desert Drama
A. Conan Doyle
There was nothing of the revolutionary or the iconoclast about him.
The Expositor's Bible: The Epistle to the Galatians
G. G. Findlay
Oliver Cromwell wasn't as moral as Anabel is—nor such an iconoclast .
Touch and Go
D. H. Lawrence