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iconoclast n : someone who tries to destroy traditional ideas or institutions [syn: image breaker]

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  1. 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 Reformation.
  2. One who opposes orthodoxy and religion; one who adheres to the doctrine of iconoclasm.
  3. One who attacks cherished beliefs.


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Iconoclast may refer to:
Primary meaning:
  • A person who performs iconoclasm, destruction of a culture's religious symbols.
  • One who attacks cherished beliefs.
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iconoclast in Dutch: Iconoclast

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