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English definition of “iconoclast”

iconoclast

noun [C]     /aɪˈkɒn.ə.klæst/ US  /-ˈkɑː.nə-/ formal
a person who strongly opposes generally accepted beliefs and traditions: Rogers, an iconoclast in architecture, is sometimes described as putting the insides of buildings on the outside.Disapproving and criticizingDamaging reputation
(Definition of iconoclast noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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