- An example of an iconoclast is someone who destroys pictures of Jesus.
- An example of an iconoclast is someone who protests against democracy in the U.S.
The definition of an iconoclast is someone who destroys religious images or who attacks popular beliefs.
- one opposed to the religious use of images or advocating the destruction of such images
- one who attacks and seeks to destroy widely accepted ideas, beliefs, etc.
Origin of iconoclastMedieval Latin iconoclastes from Medieval Greek eikonoklast?s from Late Greek eik?n (see icon) + klaein, to break: for Indo-European base see calamity
- One who attacks and seeks to overthrow traditional or popular ideas or institutions.
- One who destroys sacred religious images.
Origin of iconoclastFrench iconoclaste from Medieval Greek eikonoklastēs smasher of religious images eikono- icono- Greek -klastēs breaker ( from klān klas- to break )
From French iconoclaste, from Byzantine Greek εἰκονοκλάστης (“eikonoklástēs”, literally “image breaker”).