aniconic

adjective
an·​icon·​ic | \¦aˌnī¦känik\

Definition of aniconic 

1 : 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

2 : without idols or images : opposed to the use of idols or images an aniconic religion

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First Known Use of aniconic

1884, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for aniconic

an- + iconic

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Dictionary Entries near aniconic

Aniba

Anicanodonta

anicca

aniconic

aniconism

anicut

anidian

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