- (pejorative) One who wishes to excessively modernize church, particularly by removing traditional screens.
- 1861, A. Welby Pugin, Recollections of A.N. Welby Pugin, and His Father, Augustus Pugin: With Notices of Their Works , page 153: "The principal characteristics of modern ambonoclasts may be summed up as follows:"
- 1915, Edward Walford et al., The Antiquary, page 331 : "ambonoclasts who destroyed so much screenwork during the last century ..."
- 1931, Basil Clarke, Church Builders of the Nineteenth Century: A Study of the Gothic Revival in England, Macmillan, page 66 : "Wyatt's policy, too, was to remove screens and to open a building from end to end: he was an ambonoclast. "