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aniconism

[an-ahy-kuh-niz-uh m] /ænˈaɪ kəˌnɪz əm/
noun
1.
opposition to the use of idols or images.
2.
the worship of objects symbolic of but not depicting a deity.
Origin
1905-1910
1905-10; an-1 + icon + -ism
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in religion, opposition to the use of icons or visual images to depict living creatures or religious figures. Such opposition is particularly relevant to the Jewish, Islamic, and Byzantine artistic traditions.

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