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 for iconoclast
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Iconoclast \I*con"o*clast\, n. [Gr. e'ikw`n image + ? to break:
     cf. F. iconoclaste.]
     1. A breaker or destroyer of images or idols; a determined
        enemy of idol worship.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. One who exposes or destroys impositions or shams; one who
        attacks cherished beliefs; a radical.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a destroyer of images used in religious worship [syn:
           iconoclast, image breaker]
      2: someone who attacks cherished ideas or traditional

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  25 Moby Thesaurus words for "iconoclast":
     annihilator, antichristian, arsonist, biblioclast, bomber, breaker,
     burner, demolisher, destroyer, dynamitard, dynamiter, earthling,
     exterminator, hun, idol breaker, idoloclast, irreligionist,
     materialist, nihilist, ruiner, syndicalist, terrorist, vandal,
     worldling, wrecker

From The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906) :

  ICONOCLAST, n.  A breaker of idols, the worshipers whereof are
  imperfectly gratified by the performance, and most strenuously protest
  that he unbuildeth but doth not reedify, that he pulleth down but
  pileth not up.  For the poor things would have other idols in place of
  those he thwacketh upon the mazzard and dispelleth.  But the
  iconoclast saith:  "Ye shall have none at all, for ye need them not;
  and if the rebuilder fooleth round hereabout, behold I will depress
  the head of him and sit thereon till he squawk it."

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