Apostate vs Iconoclast - What's the difference?

apostate | iconoclast |


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.

apostate

English

Adjective

(-)
  • Guilty of apostasy.
  • We must punish this apostate priest.
  • * Milton
  • So spake the apostate angel.
  • * Steele
  • A wretched and apostate state.

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • A person who has renounced a religion or faith.
  • (Roman Catholicism) One who, after having received sacred orders, renounces his clerical profession.
  • Synonyms

    * deconvert * recreant * withersake

    See also

    * heretic

    iconoclast

    English

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • 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]:
  • 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.
  • One who attacks cherished beliefs.
  • Antonyms

    * iconodule

    See also

    * antichrist * rebel * radical * dissenter * contrarian ----