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Definition of iconoclasm

: the doctrine, practice, or attitude of an iconoclast

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Recent Examples on the Web Moral complexity may be an argument against unthinking iconoclasm. Kenan Malik, The New York Review of Books, "When Monuments Fall," 9 Sep. 2020 Today’s iconoclasm is different, falling into neither of these traditional categories. Kenan Malik, The New York Review of Books, "When Monuments Fall," 9 Sep. 2020 Massie's iconoclasm, one that has earned him the nickname Mr. No, has played well here. Scott Wartman, The Enquirer, "'We are what America should be.' 4 Democratic women are challenging Greater Cincinnati's GOP congressmen," 13 July 2020 The photo created an immediate sensation, embodying the group’s iconoclasm and insouciance in a single image. Matt Schudel, BostonGlobe.com, "Fiona Adams, photographer who captured the Beatles on the rise, dies at 84," 12 July 2020 To break down the bank’s hierarchy, Mr. Coutinho comes to work in jeans and a sweater, an iconoclasm in the conservative country, and insists on having everyone calling him Steven. Anatoly Kurmanaev, New York Times, "A Philosopher-Banker Who’s Shaking Up a Nation," 8 May 2020 This is where the show ultimately aligns with the conservative political project, for in the end, its principal quality is not offensiveness, obscenity, vulgarity, humor, satire, iconoclasm, crudeness, or topicality. Jacob Bacharach, The New Republic, "Watching South Park at the End of the World," 3 Apr. 2020 The decision was both impetuous and brutal, in part an exercise in fundamentalist iconoclasm, in part an act of defiance and rage against the world at large. Washington Post, "The president didn’t threaten just Iran’s culture sites. He threatened culture.," 6 Jan. 2020 The airline's iconoclasm has not hurt its bottom line. Dan Catchpole, Fortune, "Gate-Checked Again? Here’s Why There’s No Room for Your Carry-On Bags in the Overhead Bin," 19 Dec. 2019

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1797, in the meaning defined above

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“Iconoclasm.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/iconoclasm. Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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