Iconoclast

3 Dec

iconoclast |īˈkänəˌklast| noun
1 a person who attacks cherished beliefs or institutions.
2 a destroyer of images used in religious worship, in particular
• historical a supporter of the 8th- and 9th-century movement in the Byzantine Church that sought to abolish the veneration of icons and other religious images.
• historical a Puritan of the 16th or 17th century.

DERIVATIVES
iconoclastic |īˌkänəˈklastik| adjective
iconoclastically |īˌkänəˈklastik(ə)lē| adverb

ORIGIN mid 17th cent. (sense 2) : via medieval Latin from ecclesiastical Greek eikonoklastēs, from eikōn ‘likeness’ + klan ‘to break.’

from the Oxford American Dictionary

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