As nouns the difference between apostate and iconoclast
is that apostate
is a person who has renounced a religion or faith while iconoclast
is one who destroys religious images or icons, especially an opponent of the orthodox church in the 8th and 9th centuries, or a puritan during the european reformation.
As an adjective apostate
is guilty of apostasy.
Guilty of apostasy.
- We must punish this apostate priest.
- So spake the apostate angel.
- A wretched and apostate state.
A person who has renounced a religion or faith.
(Roman Catholicism) One who, after having received sacred orders, renounces his clerical profession.
One who destroys religious images or icons, especially an opponent of the Orthodox Church in the 8th and 9th centuries, or a Puritan during the European Reformation.
One who opposes orthodoxy and religion; one who adheres to the doctrine of iconoclasm.
* 2008 The Handbook of Texas Online , William Cowper Brann , Texas State Historical Association, Austin [http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/BB/fbr23.html]:
One who attacks cherished beliefs.
- In February 1895 he [William Cowper Brann, 1855-1898 ] revived publication of the Iconoclast . This time it was successful and eventually attained a circulation of 100,000. Brann took obvious relish in directing his stinging attacks upon institutions and persons he considered to be hypocritical or overly sanctimonious.