[ mis-oh-nee-iz-uh m, mahy-soh- ]
/ ˌmɪs oʊˈni ɪz əm, ˌmaɪ soʊ- /


hatred or dislike of what is new or represents change.

Origin of misoneism

From the Italian word misoneismo, dating back to 1885–90. See miso-, neo-, -ism
Related formsmis·o·ne·ist, nounmis·o·ne·is·tic, adjective
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/ (ˌmɪsəʊˈniːˌɪzəm, ˌmaɪ-) /


hatred of anything new
Derived Formsmisoneist, nounmisoneistic, adjective

Word Origin for misoneism

C19: from Italian misoneismo; see miso-, neo-, -ism
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Word Origin and History for misoneism



"hatred of novelty," 1886, from miso- + Greek neos "new" (see new) + -ism. Related: Misoneist.

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