- 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 eikonoklast&emacron;s, smasher of religious images : eikono-, icono- + Greek -klast&emacron;s, breaker (from klan, klas-, to break).
From French iconoclaste, from Byzantine Greek εἰκονοκλάστης (“eikonoklástēs”, literally “image breaker”).