Definitions

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  • adj. Characterized by attack on established beliefs or institutions; of or pertaining to iconoclasm.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to the iconoclasts, or to image breaking.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to iconoclasm, or to the opinions and practices of the Iconoclasts; given to breaking images, or to exposing errors of belief or false pretensions: as, iconoclastic enthusiasm.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. destructive of images used in religious worship; said of religions, such as Islam, in which the representation of living things is prohibited
  • adj. characterized by attack on established beliefs or institutions

Etymologies

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From iconoclast.

Examples

  • That they were especially iconoclastic is an idea that will not wash, when one considers the remarkable innovations, the formal attacks on the norms of literature present at the time, by such writers as Olson, Creeley, O'Hara, Spicer, and so on.

    Sketched

  • People call her iconoclastic or just difficult sometimes.

    Janet Jackson's Big on 'Discipline'

  • [Sidenote: Controversy over the veneration of images and pictures, -- the so-called iconoclastic controversy.]

    An Introduction to the History of Western Europe

  • But his progress towards similar fame in the top division was cut short by a knee injury which ended his career when he was 27, so now he is far better known as the iconoclastic manager who revived two ailing clubs.

    Culture | guardian.co.uk

  • On the one hand, when these conservatives look at the Mappelthorpe photographs, or any other kind of iconoclastic art, all they can see is a posed rearrangement of the "real" -- the depravity and the obscenity of it all, whatever aesthetic effects the artist intended to create notwithstanding.

    Politics and Literature

  • And this makes you some kind of iconoclastic ‘rebel’.

    Chance and regularity in the development of the fly eye - The Panda's Thumb

  • The New Republic has always been kind of iconoclastic or has been since Peretz took it over.

    Fools' Names, Fools' Faces

  • Such was the creed that disturbed Eastern and Central Europe throughout the period 1847-78, now and again developing a kind of iconoclastic frenzy among its votaries.

    The Development of the European Nations, 1870-1914 (5th ed.)

  • Lauren Wiseman in the Washington Post highlighted Callahan's "iconoclastic" and "idealistic" ways, but at least suggested he was against "anti-Marxist" rebels: "During the 1980s, he was involved with Quest for Peace, a program run by the Quixote Center that sent aid to Nicaragua and opposed U.S. support to the anti-Marxist rebel group known as the contras."

    NewsBusters.org - Exposing Liberal Media Bias

  • Festival programmer Piers Handling described the script as "iconoclastic," and the film as marking "a considerable change of pace for Eastwood as a director."

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