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[ahy-kon-uh-klaz-uh m] /aɪˈkɒn əˌklæz əm/
the action or spirit of iconoclasts.
Origin of iconoclasm
1790-1800; iconocl(ast) + -asm on model of such pairs as enthusiast: enthusiasm Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • But the reason may not be connected with the iconoclasm of "Ann Veronica."

    Books and Persons Arnold Bennett
  • This iconoclasm had its time, and, one supposes, its office.

    Modern Society Julia Ward Howe
  • In all this poetry there rings out a note of almost defiant monotheism, iconoclasm and antisacerdotalism.

  • For all her courage and iconoclasm, she was deeply feminine in outlook and behavior.

    Emma Goldman Charles A. Madison
  • Gordon is a wonderful painter, but he's always trying to mix up art with iconoclasm.

    A Top-Floor Idyl George van Schaick
  • He could despise her iconoclasm and still utilize its intelligence to aid him in his climb.

    Gargoyles Ben Hecht
  • But the old ritual was for a time legally revived, and the hand of iconoclasm was stayed.

  • The way of the truth-teller is not made easier by charges of iconoclasm.

    Safe Marriage Ettie A. Rout
British Dictionary definitions for iconoclasm


the acts or beliefs of an iconoclast
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for iconoclasm

1797 in reference to breaking of idols; 1858 in reference to beliefs, institutions, etc.; see iconoclast + -ism.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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