“Iconoclastic” is this weeks Weekly Word – Can you think of different way to use the word?

I spent Satudary at a the Quest Festival in Devon with my friend Anne Orchard. Specifically we went to hear Tim Freke speak. Tim is the author of several books, including two of my favourites ‘The Jesus Mysteries‘ and ‘How Long is Now‘, if you are trying to find an answer to the question ‘why am I here?‘ then I’d highly recommend you getting hold of a copy of that latter book as it can help you with some nice and logical explanations. Anyway, that’s all by the by, the weekly word is ICONOCLASTIC and is inspired by the talk I attended because he challenges many of the assumptions we make about spirituality, belief and the biggest of questions ‘what is my purpose?’.

As I have been doing for a couple of weeks now, driven by the way I roll words around in my head so that they no longer sound the way they mean I’ve broken it down into something quite different from the real meaning and you can find it at the bottom of the post.

I’d also like to challenge you to find an unusual, imaginative or correct use of the word ICONOCLASTIC in a single sentence or a paragraph, but first a little more about what it means and how it is used (correctly) in English.

This week’s word is ICONOCLASTIC, it is an adjective and is pronounced ‘i-con-o-class-tic’

The word Iconoclastic means someone who attacks or tries to overthrow established beliefs, traditional, popular or institutionalised ideas or institutions; it can also mean someone who destroys sacred religious images. It can also be used in the sense of breaking with the conventional or accepted ways of being or understanding.

Examples of the word ICONOCLASTIC

  1. The teenagers iconoclastic attitudes tended to get them into trouble with their Minister.
  2. The first iconoclastic period was between 711 and 843 AD when the veneration of religious icons was banned by successive Roman Emperors.

Origins of the word Iconoclastic

It originates from the French word iconoclaste, which in turn is from the Medieval Greek word eikonoklasts, meaning smasher of religious images (eikono-, icono- + Greek -klasts, breaker: from Greek kln, klas-, to break)

Words related to Iconoclastic

  • subversive, rebellious, irreverent, radical

What’s your alternative take on the word Iconoclastic?

So here’s my go at an alternative meaning for the word Iconoclastic; I con classes out of plastic. Now, that’s mine, what’s your alternative?

Why the Weekly Word?

The idea of the Weekly Word comes from Toastmasters International which is a speaking club I belong to. Each meeting we have a Grammarian Role and the purpose of the role is to try new words that stretch our vocabulary as well as to monitor and report back on people’s use of language. If you’d like to find out more about Toastmasters groups in your area then you can visit their website at: http://www.toastmasters.org.

Now, If you would like to see previous Weekly Word’s you can find them all listed here: the-weekly-word


  1. iconoclastic — someone who collects lifelike images of old celebrities, perhaps also collects classic cars as well. Became common at about the time of the death of Elvis Presley in the US.

  2. use of “iconoclastic” read it quickly, like real, spoken dialogue, or it won’t work.

    Mom: “David, did you clastic today?”

    David: “Well, ikinda(icono) clastic, but i don’t think i finished yet.”

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