clast-, clas-, -clastic, -clast, -clase, -clasia, -clasis, -clasis, -clasmic, -clasm
(Greek: break, break in pieces; broken, broken in pieces, crush; bend)
2. The breaking up of larger pieces of salt in order to make them into fine grains for table salt and other food applications.
2. The ability to break down tissues, said of certain cells.
2. The beliefs, practices, or doctrine of an iconoclast.
3. A challenge to or overturning of traditional beliefs, customs, and values.
4. The destruction of religious images used in worship, or strong opposition to their use in worship.
2. A person who destroys sacred religious images.
3. A breaker or destroyer of images; especially, those set up for religious veneration.
4. A person who attacks cherished beliefs, traditional institutions, etc., as being based on error or superstition.
The original iconoclasts destroyed countless works of art; such as, religious images which were the subject of controversy among Christians of the Byzantine Empire, especially in the eighth and ninth centuries, when iconoclasm was at its height.
Those who opposed images did not simply destroy them, although many were demolished; they also attempted to have the images barred from display and veneration.
During the Protestant Reformation, images in churches were again felt to be idolatrous and were banned and destroyed. In the nineteenth century, the term "iconoclast" took on the secular sense that it has today; someone who breaks traditions, doctrines, convictions, practices, etc.
2. Someone who strongly opposes generally accepted beliefs and traditions.