VCR Lesson 3 Presentation

Patricia Faucher

Fill In the blank

In the mid 1900s the ________________ supporters of Martin Luther King tried to abolish segregation with peaceful protests such as sit- ins.

The Word

Iconoclastic (adj.)

1. Breaking or destroying images( referring especially to a movement to destroy images in Eastern Orthodox Churches during the ninth and tenth centuries and later Protestant movement).

2. Attacking or overthrowing tradition or popular ideas, institutions, or conventions.

Other Parts of Speech:

Iconoclast (n.) - one who attacks and seeks to overthrow traditional or popular ideas or institutions.

- a person who attacks cherished beliefs or intuitions

Iconoclasm (n.) - the action of attacking or assertively rejecting cherished beliefs and institutions or established values and practices

-the rejection or destruction of religious images as heretical; the doctrine of iconoclasts

Note: often referred to in the "Iconoclastic controversy" in Byzantine in 726 when many Christians destroyed religious images because of the first commandment which says "thou shall not make unto thee any graven image."

Its roots

EIKON (G.) "likeness," "image"

Note: The medieval Latin form iconoclastes comes from Middle Greek eikonoklastes, which literally means image destroyer.

KLAN (the early form for clast) (G.) "Break"

  • So you are breaking an image


  • impious
  • nonconforming
  • radical
  • dissident
  • individualist


  • conforming
  • conformist
  • conventional
  • orthodox

choose the letter in the sentence in which the underlined word is used Incorrectly

A. In order to get men to sail with him, Christopher Columbus had to convince people of his iconoclastic theory that the earth was round.

B. In 726 Emperor Leo III of Byzantine took a public position against icons, which lead to iconoclasm of religious images.

C. In the ninth century Iconoclastic mobs broke into churches to destroy any images that they believed to be graven images.

D. The iconoclast, Sara Smith, believed the theory of spontaneous generation to be true even when Louis Pasteur was trying to prove it wrong.

The answer is D. Sara Smith is not attacking the common theory of Spontaneous generation, but she is agreeing with.