August 5, 2008
MEANING: noun: A hatred or fear of change or innovation.
ETYMOLOGY: From Italian misoneismo, from Greek miso- (hate) + neos (new). Ultimately from Indo-European root newo- (new) that also gave us new, neo-, neon, novice, novel, novelty, innovate, and renovate.
USAGE: “The prevailing attitude was therefore one of extreme conservatism: may I indeed say of misoneism?”
Expanding Trade, Changing Ways of Life-Conclusions; Addis Tribune (Ethiopia); May 15, 1998.