What does iconoclasm mean?

Definitions for iconoclasmaɪˈkɒn əˌklæz əm

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. iconoclasm(noun)

    the orientation of an iconoclast


  1. iconoclasm(Noun)

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

  2. Origin: From iconoclast.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Iconoclasm(noun)

    the doctrine or practice of the iconoclasts; image breaking

  2. Origin: [Cf. F. iconoclasme. See Iconoclast.]


  1. Iconoclasm

    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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Iconoclasm

    ī-kon′o-klazm, n. act of breaking images.—n. Icon′oclast, a breaker of images, one opposed to idol-worship, esp. those at the commencement in the Eastern Church, who from the 8th century downwards opposed the use of sacred images, or at least the paying of religious honour to such: any hot antagonist of the beliefs of others.—adj. Iconoclast′ic, pertaining to iconoclasm. [Gr. eikōn, an image, klastēs, a breaker—klan, to break.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of iconoclasm in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of iconoclasm in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Oliver Wendell Holmes:

    Rough work, iconoclasm, but the only way to get at truth.

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