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Misoneism

August 5, 2008

From A.Word.A.Day:

MISONEISM

PRONUNCIATION: (mis-uh-NEE-izm)

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.