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Below you will find the definition of iconoclast, followed by 34 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(noun) - a destroyer of images used in religious worship
EXAMPLES - Iconoclast in a Sentence
- PatC cites "iconoclast" as her berserk-making entry. (source)
- "I wasn't really a hippie, just more of an iconoclast." (source)
- But it seemed more middle and upper class than iconoclast. (source)
- Post "the sixties" everyone likes to be called an iconoclast. (source)
- Likewise, as a therapist, she could be described as an iconoclast. (source)
- In 1894, she met Pierre Curie, an iconoclast who taught physics and chemistry. (source)
- In fact almost nothing is connected with Langgaard, an iconoclast in all respects. (source)
- I idly entered "iconoclast" into Google and landed at this column by Charles Krauthammer. (source)
- Published in 1969 at the height of the Vietnam War, it solidified his reputation as an iconoclast. (source)
- The thing that was appealing for [underground] cartoonists was that he is the iconoclast's iconoclast. (source)
- A devout Mormon with a linebacker's build and a marine's crew cut, Sorensen made an unlikely iconoclast. (source)
- Science depends upon such a sentiment, and honors the doubter and iconoclast who overturns false paradigms. (source)
- On his popular blog, Chicago-area teacher Fred Klonsky quotes bombastic iconoclast Alfie Kohn on the common core: (source)
- But she owes her immortality to an iconoclast, a misogynistic director who did his best to damage her marble demeanour. (source)
- Lippmann was, like Paulson, Eisman, Burry and the Cornwall gang, long an iconoclast who ended up being amazingly correct. (source)
- In addition to being a superb athlete, he was an iconoclast -- a free-thinker who read widely and admired those who challenged the status quo. (source)
- He was an odd cross between Norman Finkelstein and Alan Dershowitz intellectually with some George Clooney thrown in to round out his inner iconoclast. (source)
- While the international spotlight is mostly on Cuba's dance-oriented big bands, the grey-bearded iconoclast Pedro Luis Ferrer deserves more recognition. (source)
- Nicolas Cage is delightfully unhinged in this bizarre movie from iconoclast Werner Herzog that, despite its title, is not a remake of the 1992 Abel Ferrara film. (source)
- Curiously, the iconoclast of 1933 stood in sharp contrast to the conservative campaigner of 1932, rooted in glittering generalities as well as the old shibboleths. (source)
- Such a view makes Mr. Willingham something of an iconoclast, since 21st-century educational theory is ruled by concepts like "multiple intelligences" and "learning styles." (source)
- Every iconoclast is a rabble-rouser, a prophet handing torches to the mob and leading them to storm the temples, smash the graven images, and burn the throne-room to the ground. (source)
- Riggins has always been something of an iconoclast, and isn't exactly sympathetic to Redskins management much of the time, so I wouldn't have been able to guess whose side he'd take. (source)
- It's hard to imagine Timothy Geithner taking advice from an iconoclast dressed in a white suit, clerical collar and Elvis-inspired hair, but the Reverend Billy may be on to something. (source)
- For half of the 90-minute set, it was Young playing the role of rugged iconoclast, making his audience sit through these works-in-progress in order to get to those 35-year-old favorites. (source)
- He was an Isaurian named Leo III, a capable general and an impressive ruler but an iconoclast, that is, an image-breaker who opposed the representation of human forms, the saints or the deity in churches 20. (source)
- Besides being a funny comedian and a witty news commentator, Bill Maher is also a sharp political critic and an iconoclast whose devastating critiques, particularly of the religious right, are truly remarkable. (source)
- This tickled my funny bone (I may not be right in the head), both in its choice of subject matter and its form; a folk ballad that might be more suited to tales of derring do than the unlamented passing of a rock iconoclast. (source)
- Over at Alicublog, Roy Edroso also salutes Carlin in his passing, and observes how the death of this iconoclast has given cultural conservative bloggers a case of the haughty sniffies as they dole out their condolences in dry, stingy pinches. (source)
- Beyond the curmudgeonly persona and larger-than-life onscreen personality, Pekar represented an iconoclast who pioneered his own narrative path in the '70s, turning a deaf ear to a marketplace of superhero fantasies and contrived attempts at "biographical" fiction. (source)
- Webb, a populist-leaning iconoclast, has attracted a diverse crew of co-sponsors -- from liberals like Barbara Boxer of California (Webb's lead co-sponsor) and Assistant Majority Leader Dick Durbin of Illinois, to moderates like Dianne Feinstein of California and Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas. (source)
- It portrays Mr. Feingold as a loner, an "iconoclast," someone who doesn't glad-hand with his colleagues, and the darling of the "liberal base" of the Democratic Party, and it hints darkly that the only reason Mr. Feingold proposed the censure motion was to cement his stature as a liberal presidential hopeful for the 2008 race. (source)
- Larry Klayman, chairman of Judicial Watch, a conservative activist and a Clinton antagonist who accused his administration of improperly accessing FBI files in a case that Lamberth finally dismissed after more than a decade, has called the judge "an iconoclast who has a healthy skepticism of government power, and ... is sensitive to the needs of the common man, a trait sometimes lacking in conservatives." (source)
- It's incredibly difficult to live in a self-proclaimed paradise, one that aims to conceal any fissures in its idyllic facade (which includes you, the unexpected iconoclast), believes life is only possible by its finite terms, and hocks itself, almost masochistically, at every opportunity; You can't have much respect for a place like that, in all the forms it takes, even if you have no choice but to continue living there. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 34 example sentences provided below is 43.0, which suggests that "iconoclast" is a difficult word that tends to be used by individuals of higher education, and is likely found in more advanced literature or in academia.
We have 16 synonyms for iconoclast.
critic, cynic, denouncer, dissenter, dissident, heretic, image-breaker, non-conformist, nonbeliever, questioner, radical, rebel, revolutionist, ruiner, sceptic, unbeliever
We have 1 antonym for iconoclast.
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of iconoclast from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (noun) One who attacks and seeks to overthrow traditional or popular ideas or institutions.
- (noun) One who destroys sacred religious images.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (noun) One who destroys religious images or icons, especially an opponent of the Orthodox Church in the 8th and 9th centuries, or a Puritan during the European Reformation.
- (noun) One who opposes orthodoxy and religion; one who adheres to the doctrine of iconoclasm.
- (noun) One who attacks cherished beliefs.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (noun) A breaker or destroyer of images or idols; a determined enemy of idol worship.
- (noun) One who exposes or destroys impositions or shams; one who attacks cherished beliefs; a radical.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (noun) A breaker or destroyer of images; a person conspicuously hostile to the use of images in Christian worship.
- (noun) One of those Protestants of the Netherlands who, during the reign of Philip II., riotously destroyed the images in many of the Roman Catholic churches.
- (noun) Hence Any destroyer, denouncer, or exposer of errors or impostures; one who systematically attacks cherished beliefs.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (noun) a destroyer of images used in religious worship
- (noun) someone who attacks cherished ideas or traditional institutions