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From Ancient Greek εἰκονομαχία (eikonomakhía), from εἰκών (eikṓn, "likeness, image, portrait") and -μαχία (-makhía, "battle, fight"), literally meaning "war against images" or "war on icons".


iconomachy (uncountable)

  1. Hostility to images as objects of worship.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for iconomachy in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)