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Examples of iconoclast in a Sentence
notorious as an iconoclast, that music critic isn't afraid to go after sacred cows
Recent Examples of iconoclast from the Web
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McCarthy and co-screenwriter Josh Singer wisely abstain from burdening Rezendes’s character with the cliché of the journalist as righteous iconoclast.
Also problematic: Orenstein features only one woman of color — the late Japanese writer and iconoclast Atsuko Chiba — in the seven profiles that comprise this section of the book.
Over the last decade, Carnegie Hall’s composer in residence position has tended to go to veteran iconoclasts whose innovations have taken root in the broader classical scene.
But the new profile leaves a reader thinking that the senator is an economic centrist, an iconoclast, and a campaigning powerhouse with cross-party appeal.
Samuel Beckett, teaching English in Paris, was inspired to try his hand at non-academic writing by another Irish iconoclast, James Joyce.
Like Stanton, Garvey gave up his previous life to come to Big Pine Key and forge his own path, inspired by famous Keys iconoclasts like Ernest Hemingway and treasure hunter Mel Fisher, who reflected the islands’ live-by-your-own-rules mentality.
Music Box Pictures has Chavela, which investigates the life of the late Grammy-winning Mexican iconoclast, based on previously unseen interviews shot 20 years before her death in 2012.
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For the Meaning of iconoclast, Break it Down
Iconoclast is a word that often shows up on vocabulary lists and College Board tests. How will you remember the meaning of this vocabulary-boosting term? If you already know the word icon, you're halfway there. An icon is a picture that represents something. The most common icons today are those little images on our computers and smartphones that represent a program or function, but in the still-recent past, the most common icons were religious images. Icon comes from the Greek eikōn, which is from eikenai, meaning "to resemble." Iconoclast comes to us by way of Medieval Latin from Middle Greek eikonoklastēs, which joins eikōn with a form of the word klan, meaning "to break." Iconoclast literally means "image destroyer."
ICONOCLAST Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of iconoclast for English Language Learners
: a person who criticizes or opposes beliefs and practices that are widely accepted
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