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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
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Examples from the web for iconoclasm
  • Almost as long as there has been art, there has been iconoclasm.
  • iconoclasm is the word that comes to mind, but it is the wrong one.
  • But perhaps the defining theme of the new philanthropy is not so much its fondness for business theory as its iconoclasm.
  • New uses are evolving in creative ways befitting another statement item of snow sports iconoclasm.
  • It's a strong form of iconoclasm, kind of an anti-image argument.
  • In those books genius is intertwined with flamboyant eccentricity and iconoclasm.
  • His iconoclasm, going against the grain, is both his strength and weakness.
  • If you aim for novelty, you're taken to task for willful iconoclasm or studied mannerism.
British Dictionary definitions for iconoclasm


the acts or beliefs of an iconoclast
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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.

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