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  • During the Reformation, iconoclasts destroyed much religious art.
  • Her iconoclasm comes from a deep personal instinct to distrust all conventions.
  • He is both iconoclastic and constructive in his attempt to sweep away long-familiar beliefs on the basis of new scientific evidence.
  • Iconoclast.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl

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  • It could be iconoclasm, how do they know?
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • Even the iconoclastic poet William Blake hinted that we should read between the lines.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • He also tests well; comes from a strong, loving, Leave It to Beaver family, and can be sort of funny in the arch, smug, iconoclastic way college kids need to be.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • Luke’s an iconoclast.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Glass
  • Now let the learned look upon this picture and say if iconoclasm can further go:
    Mark Twain  --  The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County
  • There are some, perhaps, who while not altogether inaccessible to that poetic reproach just alluded to, may yet on behalf of the new order, be disposed to parry it; and this to the extent of iconoclasm, if need be.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd

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  • This was Cuba, of course, the hemisphere’s small, lonely iconoclast.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • CHAPTER V. DIVRS CLAPS OF THUNDER FALL ON MA’AM BOUGON On the following day, Ma’am Bougon, as Courfeyrac styled the old portress-principal-tenant, housekeeper of the Gorbeau hovel, Ma’am Bougon, whose name was, in reality, Madame Burgon, as we have found out, but this iconoclast, Courfeyrac, respected nothing,— Ma’am Bougon observed, with stupefaction, that M. Marius was going out again in his new coat.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • She had the neophyte’s shock of discovery that, outside of tracts, conservatives do not tremble and find no answer when an iconoclast turns on them, but retort with agility and confusing statistics.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • I have become a reformer, and, like all reformers, an iconoclast.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • Celia’s destination was Havana, with her Great-Aunt Alicia, known for her cooking and her iconoclasm.
    Christina Garcia  --  Dreaming in Cuban
  • Mr Grein, the hardy iconoclast who first launched my plays on the stage alongside Ghosts and The Wild Duck, exclaimed that I have shattered his ideals.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Mrs. Warren’s Profession
  • Jackson, in his way, was the archetype of the new American—ignorant, pushful, impatient of restraint and precedent, an iconoclast, a Philistine, an Anglophobe in every fibre.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • One of the ironies of America’s fast food industry is that a business so dedicated to conformity was founded by iconoclasts and self-made men, by entrepreneurs willing to defy conventional opinion.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • Madonna Ciccone revolutionized the fashion world with her iconoclastic sense of style, sometimes offending people who are not very open-minded"for instance, her rhinestone cross earrings, which made many Christian groups ban her CDs"or who have no sense of humor"like Pepsi, which didn’t like it when she danced in front of some burning crosses.
    Meg Cabot  --  The Princess Diaries
  • In particular, the generation born in the New World was uncouth and iconoclastic;[16] the only world it knew was a rough world, and the virtues that environment engendered were not those of niceness, but those of enterprise and resourcefulness.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • And in a democratic society it is not the iconoclast who seems most revolutionary, but the purist.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • The incessant neologisms of the national speech sweep the whole country almost instantly, and the iconoclastic changes which its popular spoken form are undergoing show themselves from coast to coast.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • English now has the brakes on, but American continues to leap in the dark, and the prodigality of its movement is all the [Pg029] indication that is needed of its intrinsic health, its capacity to meet the ever-changing needs of a restless and iconoclastic people, constantly fluent in racial composition, and disdainful of hampering traditions.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • Dale Lasater’s iconoclasm seems bred in the bone.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • I appealed to his iconoclast, millionaire rodeo-cowboy ego.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • Behind it is the gigantic impulse that I have described in earlier chapters: the impulse of an egoistic and iconoclastic people, facing a new order of life in highly self-conscious freedom, to break a relatively stable language, long since emerged from its period of growth, to their novel and multitudinous needs, and, above all, to their experimental and impatient spirit.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • [28] 3 /Lost Distinctions/—This general iconoclasm reveals itself especially in a disdain for most of the niceties of modern English.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
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