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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ahy-kon-uh-klast]
    • /aɪˈkɒn əˌklæst/
    • /aɪˈkɒn.ə.klæst/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ahy-kon-uh-klast]
    • /aɪˈkɒn əˌklæst/

Definitions of iconoclast word

  • noun iconoclast a person who attacks cherished beliefs, traditional institutions, etc., as being based on error or superstition. 1
  • noun iconoclast a breaker or destroyer of images, especially those set up for religious veneration. 1
  • noun iconoclast A person who attacks cherished beliefs or institutions. 1
  • noun iconoclast rebel, non-conformist 1
  • countable noun iconoclast If you describe someone as an iconoclast, you mean that they often criticize beliefs and things that are generally accepted by society. 0
  • noun iconoclast a person who attacks established or traditional concepts, principles, laws, etc 0

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Origin of iconoclast

First appearance:

before 1590
One of the 37% oldest English words
1590-1600; < Medieval Latin īconoclastēs < Medieval Greek eikonoklástēs, equivalent to Greek eikono- icono- + -klastēs breaker, equivalent to klas- (variant stem of klân to break) + -tēs agent noun suffix

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Parts of speech for Iconoclast


iconoclast popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 63% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for iconoclast

noun iconoclast

  • unbeliever — a person who does not believe.
  • questioner — a sentence in an interrogative form, addressed to someone in order to get information in reply.
  • dissenter — a person who dissents, as from an established church, political party, or majority opinion.
  • heretic — a professed believer who maintains religious opinions contrary to those accepted by his or her church or rejects doctrines prescribed by that church.
  • radical — of or going to the root or origin; fundamental: a radical difference.

Antonyms for iconoclast

noun iconoclast

  • believer — If you are a great believer in something, you think that it is good, right, or useful.
  • conservative — A Conservative politician or voter is a member of or votes for the Conservative Party in Britain.

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