iconoclastic iconoclastic  /ˌaɪ kə nə ˈklæ stɪk/

Definition(s):

  1. (adj) characterized by attack on established beliefs or institutions
  2. (adj) destructive of images used in religious worship; said of religions, such as Islam, in which the representation of living things is prohibited

Usage(s):

  1. The iconoclastic idea of a Flat World is reinventing itself after the lukewarm enthusiasm at the Copenhagen summit.
  2. A professor needs not only to be steeped in the rigors of her academic discipline but also to be iconoclastic in that same discipline.

News

  • In 'Shocked,' Patricia Volk Honors Two Formative Femmes

    Both Elsa Schiaparelli and Audrey Morgen Volk loved clothing. They were also strict, impatient and volatile. In her memoir, Patricia Volk describes how an iconoclastic, Italian fashion designer and a loving, perfectionist mother helped her move into adulthood.
    on June 10, 2013     Source: NPR

Quotes

  1. Gates said that Mattis had "proven to be one of the military's most innovative and iconoclastic thinkers. His insights into the nature of warfare in the 21st century have influenced my own views."
    on Jul 8, 2010 By: Robert Gates Source: Los Angeles Times (blog)

  2. "The Coens are weird and iconoclastic enough to be a mystery to us all," Brolin said.
    on Feb 21, 2008 By: Josh Brolin Source: Washington Post

  3. "I think we haven't seen someone like her in a very long time, if ever . . . that kind of Columbo/Rockford Files iconoclastic (hero)," said Sedgwick, also an executive producer of the show, which returns for its third season June 18.
    on Jun 2, 2007 By: Kyra Sedgwick Source: Barre Montpelier Times Argus

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