Definition of "iconoclast" []

  • One who attacks and seeks to overthrow traditional or popular ideas or institutions. (noun)
  • One who destroys sacred religious images. (noun)
  • A person who attacks established or traditional concepts, principles, laws, etc (noun)

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  • A destroyer of religious images or sacred objects (noun)
  • 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 (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "iconoclast" in a sentence
  • "The 54-year-old iconoclast is everything his longtime readers would expect — articulate, witty, obstinate and enigmatic."
  • "Every iconoclast is a rabble-rouser, a prophet handing torches to the mob and leading them to storm the temples, smash the graven images, and burn the throne-room to the ground."
  • "Every iconoclast is a rebel, a prophet who knows the illegitimacy of the god-king's reign and how that may one day bring it down."