Definition of "iconoclastic" []

  • A person who attacks established or traditional concepts, principles, laws, etc (noun)
  • 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)
  • Characterized by attack on established beliefs or institutions; of or pertaining to iconoclasm. (adjective) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016 : Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License

Use "iconoclastic" in a sentence
  • "That they were especially iconoclastic is an idea that will not wash, when one considers the remarkable innovations, the formal attacks on the norms of literature present at the time, by such writers as Olson, Creeley, O'Hara, Spicer, and so on."
  • "People call her iconoclastic or just difficult sometimes."
  • "[Sidenote: Controversy over the veneration of images and pictures, -- the so-called iconoclastic controversy.]"