a person who attacks cherished beliefs, traditional institutions, etc., as being based on error or superstition.
a breaker or destroyer of images, especially those set up for religious veneration.

1590–1600; < Medieval Latin īconoclastēs < Medieval Greek eikonoklástēs, equivalent to Greek eikono- icono- + -klastēs breaker, equivalent to klas- (variant stem of klân to break) + -tēs agent noun suffix

iconoclastic, adjective

2. nonconformist, rebel, dissenter, radical.
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iconoclast (aɪˈkɒnəˌklæst)
1.  a person who attacks established or traditional concepts, principles, laws, etc
2.  a.  a destroyer of religious images or sacred objects
 b.  an adherent of the heretical movement within the Greek Orthodox Church from 725 to 842 ad, which aimed at the destruction of icons and religious images
[C16: from Late Latin iconoclastes, from Late Greek eikonoklastes, from eikōn icon + klastēs breaker]

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Word Origin & History

"breaker or destroyer of images," 1596, from Fr. iconoclaste, from M.L. iconoclastes, from Late Gk. eikonoklastes, from eikon (gen. eikonos) "image" + klastes "breaker," from klas- pt. stem of klan "to break." Originally those in the Eastern Church in 8c. and 9c. whose mobs of followers destroyed icons
and other religious objects on the grounds that they were idols. Applied to 16c.-17c. Protestants in Netherlands who vandalized former Catholic churches on similar grounds. Extended sense of "one who attacks orthodox beliefs or institutions" is first attested 1842. Iconoclasm in this sense is from 1858.
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Example sentences
Equal parts icon and iconoclast, he shocked respectable opinion even as he seemed to embody the contradictory moods of his era.
Even a cursory review of the accomplishments of this scientific maverick and iconoclast is a breath-taking endeavor.
Not the gloomiest iconoclast expects ever to see the supply of wood from the old tree.
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