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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
Loverboy’s Charles Jeffrey is a dyed-in-the-wool iconoclast.
There is less anxiety in Washington about Braun, who is a relative outsider but not an iconoclast.
The young French iconoclast and the mature Russian composer were aware of each other’s music, although Tchaikovsky apparently found Debussy’s pathbreaking Impressionism too advanced for his tastes.
However, Uchis has been edging towards this moment for years, with a mixtape and EP under her belt, and a string of singles and guest features that positioned her as an R&B iconoclast.
Maddon, who now guides the Chicago Cubs, is the original iconoclast among modern managers.
And Hector is an iconoclast and a rebel within the establishment.
No suitable postings had been identified, leaving McMaster – long an iconoclast among the top brass – with no choice but retirement.
No suitable postings had been identified, leaving McMaster — long an iconoclast among the top brass — with no choice but retirement.
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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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