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i·con·o·clast

 (ī-kŏn′ə-klăst′)
n.
1. One who attacks and seeks to overthrow traditional or popular ideas or institutions.
2. One who destroys sacred religious images.

[French iconoclaste, from Medieval Greek eikonoklastēs, smasher of religious images : eikono-, icono- + Greek -klastēs, breaker (from klān, klas-, to break).]

i·con′o·clas′tic adj.
i·con′o·clas′ti·cal·ly adv.
Word History: Among the Ten Commandments found in the Bible is the following: "Thou shalt not make unto thee a graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth." In the 8th and 9th centuries, these words inspired some Christians of the Byzantine Empire to destroy religious images such as paintings and sculptures of Jesus, the Virgin Mary, and the saints. The Medieval Greek word for a person who destroyed such images was eikonoklastēs, formed from the elements eikōn, "image, likeness," and -klastēs, "breaker," and the Medieval Greek word is the source of the English word iconoclast. In addition to simply destroying many paintings and sculptures, the Medieval Greek iconoclasts also sought to have them barred from display and veneration. In English, the word iconoclast was originally used in reference to these Byzantine iconoclasts. During the Protestant Reformation, however, images in churches were again felt to be idolatrous and were once more banned and destroyed, and the word iconoclast came to be used of the Protestant opponents of graven images, too. In the 19th century, iconoclast took on the secular sense that it has today.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.iconoclastic - characterized by attack on established beliefs or institutions
unorthodox - breaking with convention or tradition; "an unorthodox lifestyle"
2.iconoclastic - destructive of images used in religious worship; said of religions, such as Islam, in which the representation of living things is prohibited
destructive - causing destruction or much damage; "a policy that is destructive to the economy"; "destructive criticism"

iconoclastic

adjective subversive, radical, rebellious, questioning, innovative, irreverent, impious, dissentient, denunciatory His iconoclastic tendencies can get him into trouble.
Translations

iconoclastic

[aɪˌkɒnəˈklæstɪk] ADJiconoclasta

iconoclastic

[aɪˌkɒnəˈklæstɪk] adj [person, ideas] → iconoclaste

iconoclastic

adj (fig)bilderstürmerisch

iconoclastic

[aɪˌkɒnəˈklæstɪk] (frm) adj (opinions) → iconoclastico/a, iconoclasta; (person) → iconoclasta
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