noun icon·o·clast \-ˌklast\

: a person who criticizes or opposes beliefs and practices that are widely accepted

Full Definition of ICONOCLAST

:  a person who destroys religious images or opposes their veneration
:  a person who attacks settled beliefs or institutions
icon·o·clas·tic \(ˌ)ī-ˌkä-nə-ˈklas-tik\ adjective
icon·o·clas·ti·cal·ly \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of ICONOCLAST

  1. <notorious as an iconoclast, that music critic isn't afraid to go after sacred cows>


Medieval Latin iconoclastes, from Middle Greek eikonoklastēs, literally, image destroyer, from Greek eikono- + klan to break — more at clast
First Known Use: 1641

Other Religion (Eastern and Other) Terms

Zen, antinomian, avatar, gnosticism, illuminati, ineffable, karma, koan, mantra

Rhymes with ICONOCLAST


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