from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or pertaining to a religious icon.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to a secular person or topic that has attained cult status.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to iconography.
  • adj. Representing by means of pictures or diagrams.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Relating to iconography; representing or describing by means of pictures or diagrams.


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  • This is also how we distinguish one liturgical artistic tradition from another, for example, the iconographic from the baroque.

    David Clayton: Make the Form Conform

  • None of the casting is what one would call iconographic, the acting teeters between the overly stoic and the overly melodramatic, the romantic leads have no chemistry, the musical score is sometimes risibly barnstorming, and the film neither sustains its initial delicacy or fulfills its own ambitions as it races toward its flaming room finale.

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  • And, Franklin was keenly aware of this and he promoted these kinds of what you might call iconographic views of himself in many different forms, encouraged them, and it ends with this very great portrait by Duplessis in 1778 which I have in color in the inset there, which is the last portrait of him and which he understood correctly was the most profound visualization of him that could be made.

    To Begin the World Anew: The Genius and Ambiguities of the American Founders

  • Thought balloons are iconographic, which is why they can be used so wonderfully in the examples I’ve shared here.

    Hereville — Some words (and pictures) in defense of thought balloons

  • "iconographic" because that word is closer to its meaning of a transparency into the transcendent or sublime that Ruskin the art critic argued the careful reader would discover in the best texts after meditative, "slow mining."

  • Howard Hibbard brought homosexuality and psychoanalysis to the fore, while still making valuable formal and iconographic insights.

    The Misery Memoirist

  • How we conserve large carnivores - and in particular wolves, which have been such an iconographic species for so long - may bode to the future of how we are able to coexist with other sentient beings with whom we share this earth - and ultimately with each other.

    Chris Genovali: The Death Cults Among Us

  • It also repeats several iconographic elements from "House," among them the brick building front on the lower left now in green and yellow, instead of red, the orange house facade and the right-hand side's black smokestack.

    A Painting That Pulses With a Jazz Feeling

  • The Museum of the City of New York is in the process of digitizing its photographic and other iconographic holdings.

    Lacy Schutz: The Blackfoot Indians in New York City: Historic Photos from the Museum of the City of New York

  • Both movements often focus on the same iconographic themes, but where the paintings of the Italian maestros are warm and atmospheric, the northern artist's are sharply focused, appearing cold.

    Cranach's Femme Fatales Highlight 'The Other Renaissance'


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