Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The beliefs, practices, or doctrine of an iconoclast.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The belief in, participation in, or sanction of destroying religious icons and other symbols or monuments, usually with religious or political motives.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The doctrine or practice of the iconoclasts; image breaking.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of breaking or destroying images; specifically, a general destruction of the images and pictures set up in churches as objects of veneration carried out by the Iconoclasts in the eighth and ninth centuries, and by Protestants in the Netherlands in the sixteenth century.
  • n. Hence The act of attacking cherished beliefs or traditional institutions regarded as based on error or superstition: the doctrine or spirit of one who so attacks.

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

  • n. the orientation of an iconoclast

Etymologies

Back-formation from iconoclast.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From iconoclast. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Meanwhile, the thrill that comes with 1970s-style iconoclasm is no more.

    Media and the Reform Movement

  • Newspaper accounts of his life since his death two days ago indicate that he was derided by the reigning New York art world for his attachment to realism, whereas they reveled in iconoclasm or in iconoclastic iconism (Warhol et al.).

    Archive 2009-01-01

  • Romanticism could that desire (somewhat perversely) be associated with the sublime, so that a first-level iconoclasm is actually the hoped-for means by which words attain the animism of images?

    The Last Formalist, or W.J.T. Mitchell as Romantic Dinosaur

  • His iconoclasm was the decadence of the social cesspool and the expurgation of money power which he believed was the ne plus ultra of anarchy and the genius of diabolic perfidy.

    The Complete Works of Brann the Iconoclast, Volume 12

  • Yet, this kind of iconoclasm had a narcotic effect.

    WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

  • "In order to come to terms with a swelling 'iconoclasm', there is a need for visual competence, which our culture of the written word lacks.

    Eurozine articles

  • The New York Times, however, asked readers to give the woman credit … She says her lines with feeling and puts her iconoclasm right out there where everyone can see it.

    Chloe Sevigny: the interview

  • However, the FF's other bit of iconoclasm is its all-wheel-drive system FF=Ferrari Four.

    The Coolest Ferrari Ever—Drive Carefully

  • Wimpy is well worth reading at a time when his brand of progressive, blue-collar iconoclasm is pretty rare, in the Machinists and other unions -- although Rose Ann DeMoro of the California Nurses Association does a pretty good job of keeping the Wimpy tradition alive.

    Steve Early: Does Labor Need Another Wimpy?

  • "Theodore stands out in Church history as one of the great reformers of monastic life", said Pope Benedict, "and, alongside Patriarch St. Nicephorus of Constantinople, as a defender of sacred images during the second stage of iconoclasm".

    Insight Scoop | The Ignatius Press Blog:

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  • I actually love the word iconoclasm. When I say it, there's a specific expression I adopt.

    December 29, 2009

  • It's the 'clasm' half that bugs me.

    December 12, 2006

  • This word feels a bit clunky to me.

    December 12, 2006