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 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 Unfortunately, for all the early aughts talk of blogs taking over the world, the era of independent blogs turned out to be a brief one, and attempts to professionalize the blogging genre required stamping the iconoclasm out of it. Alex Pareene, The New Republic, "The Death of the Rude Press," 7 Nov. 2019 In a new spirit of iconoclasm, thousands of buildings, monuments and statues dedicated to American sinners of the past must be destroyed, removed or renamed. Victor Davis Hanson, The Mercury News, "Hanson: Trump’s fighting — and winning — a culture war on all fronts," 19 Sep. 2019 But the burn-it-down iconoclasm of his base does not seem so consistent or easily mollified as that would imply. The Economist, "Bernie Sanders’s permanent revolution," 15 Aug. 2019 Others argue that the destruction itself has become a historical monument, and that the ruins should be preserved as is, a visible reminder of Taliban iconoclasm. New York Times, "2 Giant Buddhas Survived 1,500 Years. Fragments, Graffiti and a Hologram Remain.," 18 June 2019 Kanye West’s implosive iconoclasm went in tandem with visits to Trump Tower and the White House. Wesley Morris, New York Times, "A Tolerable Redemption for Tiger Woods," 13 June 2019 No shame in any game, and Hemsworth has taken himself down some glorious notches: Marvel again at his chubby poignance in Avengers: Endgame, oddly and sweetly his most dramatic performance yet. International‘s too lame for that kind of iconoclasm. Darren Franich, EW.com, "Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson reunite for eerily bland Men in Black: International: EW review," 12 June 2019

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First Known Use of iconoclasm

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 26 Feb. 2020.

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