Definitions for iconoclasmaɪˈkɒn əˌklæz əm
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the orientation of an iconoclast
The belief in, participation in, or sanction of destroying religious icons and other symbols or monuments, usually with religious or political motives.
Origin: From iconoclast.
the doctrine or practice of the iconoclasts; image breaking
Origin: [Cf. F. iconoclasme. See Iconoclast.]
Iconoclasm is the deliberate destruction within a culture of the culture's own religious icons and other symbols or monuments, usually for religious or political motives. It is a frequent component of major political or religious changes. The term does not generally encompass the specific destruction of images of a ruler after his death or overthrow. People who engage in or support iconoclasm are called "iconoclasts", a term that has come to be applied figuratively to any individual who challenges established dogma or conventions. Conversely, people who revere or venerate religious images are called "iconolaters". In a Byzantine context, they are known as "iconodules", or "iconophiles". Iconoclasm may be carried out by people of a different religion, but is often the result of sectarian disputes between factions of the same religion. In Christianity, iconoclasm has generally been motivated by people who adopt a literal interpretation of the Ten Commandments, which forbid the making and worshipping of "graven images or any likeness of anything". The degree of iconoclasm among Christian sects greatly varies.
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