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[ahy-kon-uh-klas-tik] /aɪˌkɒn əˈklæs tɪk/
attacking or ignoring cherished beliefs and long-held traditions, etc., as being based on error, superstition, or lack of creativity:
an iconoclastic architect whose buildings are like monumental sculptures.
breaking or destroying images, especially those set up for religious veneration.
Origin of iconoclastic
Related forms
iconoclastically, adverb
noniconoclastic, adjective
noniconoclastically, adverb
uniconoclastic, adjective
uniconoclastically, adverb Unabridged
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  • They see this not as iconoclastic irreverence, but disrespectful spite.
  • He returns iconoclastic answers to nearly all of them.
  • One can only wonder what the iconoclastic painter would have made of the war on terror.
  • And both theories, though iconoclastic in many particulars, have some common ground with the work of other specialists.
  • It may be iconoclastic and take off from social reality to uncover buried stories, hidden themes.
  • He was exhilaratingly iconoclastic and irreverent, and paid no respect to good taste or false sentiment.
Word Origin and History for iconoclastic

1640s; see iconoclast + -ic.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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