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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
Lou Reed was an iconoclast, an innovator, a man ahead of his time.
Always the iconoclast, Mr. Chamberlain left Kansas early after two varsity seasons and played in 1958 for Abe Saperstein’s Harlem Globetrotters.
Undoubtedly an iconoclast, Hefner is rightly remembered as one of the first people to launch a national rebellion against the right-wing moralism of his time.
Pecknold has always been a rock iconoclast, which was evident in several ways beyond the subdued lighting.
The neo-Confederates, not today’s anti-Confederate iconoclasts, were trying to obliterate history and deny American heroes (opponents of the Rebellion north and south) their due.
For those three years, the iconoclast, freethinker and reluctant voice of a generation proclaimed faith in salvation by Jesus Christ (despite his Jewish upbringing), with lyrics that drew a line in the sand.
The former—an iconoclast and a rare mainstream crossover artist—captivated with a simple look in the direction of guests.
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."
Synonymsbohemian, boho, counterculturist, deviant, enfant terrible, free spirit, heretic, nonconformist, individualist, loner, lone ranger, lone wolf, maverick, nonconformer
Related Wordsfreethinker; character, codger, crackbrain, crackpot, crank, eccentric, freak, kook, nut, oddball, screwball, weirdo; eight ball, misfit, outsider; aberrant, anomaly
Near Antonymsadherent, follower, supporter; sheep
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