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cledonism

n.

"avoidance of words deemed unlucky," 1885, from Latinized form of Greek kledon "omen or presage contained in a word or sound," also "report, rumor, tidings; fame" (see claim (v.)) + -ism.

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Historical Examples

  • Cledonism denoted divination drawn from words only occasionally uttered.

    The Mysteries of All Nations

    James Grant