Adjective "iconoclasm" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


The action of attacking or assertively rejecting cherished beliefs and institutions or established values and practices.
  1. 'Finally, Middle East specialist and translator Fred Reed explores the rise of militant iconoclasm in Syria in his new non-fiction study Shattered Images.'
  2. 'Robert Altman has always prided himself on his iconoclasm.'
  3. 'In the long revolt against inherited forms that has by now become the narrative of 20th-century poetry in English, no poet was more flamboyant or more recognizable in his iconoclasm than E.E. Cummings.'
  4. 'No longer the torch-bearer of iconoclasm, the scourge of intellectual hypocrisy, I had become instead mere target practice for Banner Wavers Anonymous.'
  5. 'Equal parts traditionalism, irony and iconoclasm, thirtysomethings' universe - including work and leisure - gravitates around the home.'
  6. 'Well, Jeff Daniels, who's heavily bearded to indicate his iconoclasm, crashes his plane, and sends his 12-year-old daughter up in an ultralight to finish the goose-guiding.'
  7. 'Despite the come-and-have-a-go iconoclasm of his album's title, MacInnes, 25, is softly spoken, charming and shy.'
  8. 'Shot in grainy black and white on a handheld camera and peppered with confrontational jump cuts, Godard's movie epitomised the cool iconoclasm of the New Wave.'
  9. 'I find Stone and Parker's alleged iconoclasm pretty boring.'
  10. 'Before that, the Young Vic hosted his two-hour adaptation of Hamlet starring Adrian Lester, which was more than iconoclasm, and doubtless an exercise in brevity only achievable by Brook himself.'
The rejection or destruction of religious images as heretical; the doctrine of iconoclasts.
  1. 'Though there was iconoclasm at the beginning, as zealots decapitated statues and the like in temples and shrines, this soon passed as sultans cracked down on it.'
  2. 'For all its fascination, Jacoby's discussion of Jewish iconoclasm could do with a touch more theology.'

More definitions

1. the action or spirit of iconoclasts.

More examples(as adjective)

"fells can be iconoclasm."


Late 18th century: from iconoclast, on the pattern of pairs such as enthusiast, enthusiasm.