: symbolic or suggestive rather than literally representational : not made or designed as a likeness
trees, boulders, and other aniconic objects of primitive worship
an aniconic image
: without idols or images : opposed to the use of idols or images
an aniconic religion

Word History


an- + iconic

First Known Use

1884, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of aniconic was in 1884

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“Aniconic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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