iconoclasm

noun
icon·​o·​clasm | \ ī-ˈkä-nə-ˌkla-zəm How to pronounce iconoclasm (audio) \

Definition of iconoclasm

: the doctrine, practice, or attitude of an iconoclast

Examples of iconoclasm in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Part of that was a matter of changing tastes; but there was also a deliberate endeavor of people like de Kooning and Robert Rauschenberg to market their iconoclasm. Max Holleran, The New Republic, 14 Dec. 2021 Slender and stooped, Ramin had a gentle manner that belied his ferocious iconoclasm. New York Times, 10 Dec. 2021 His iconoclasm, therefore, carries no weight whatsoever. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, 28 Nov. 2021 Bateau’s iconoclasm flows from its ambition to celebrate beef without supporting the industrial system that makes beef production so harmful to the environment. New York Times, 19 Oct. 2021 The movement, which included Truffaut, grouped filmmakers of the late 1950s and 1960s who abandoned traditional narrative techniques and were known for their mood of youthful iconoclasm. Thomas Adamson And Samuel Petrequin, USA TODAY, 6 Sep. 2021 The movement, which included Truffaut, grouped filmmakers of the late 1950s and 1960s who abandoned traditional narrative techniques and were known for their mood of youthful iconoclasm. NBC News, 6 Sep. 2021 But whereas Bukowski embraced his role as writer of the anti-canon, Locklin was a blend of tradition and iconoclasm: a rebel among academics and an academic among rebels. John Penner, Los Angeles Times, 29 June 2021 But over the past decade Serra has been caught in the crossfire of the divisive iconoclasm overtaking American culture. James Matthew Wilson, WSJ, 13 May 2021

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First Known Use of iconoclasm

1797, in the meaning defined above

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17 Dec 2021

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“Iconoclasm.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/iconoclasm. Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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