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[mis-oh-nee-iz-uh m, mahy-soh-]
  1. hatred or dislike of what is new or represents change.
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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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Historical Examples

  • Philoneism may be nobler and more humane, but, unfortunately, it is only misoneism that is true.


    E. V. Zenker

  • The misoneism of crowds seems to me one of the strongest arguments in favor of the individual character of invention.

  • Lombroso has even coined a word to designate this psychological state; he has called it misoneism.

British Dictionary definitions for misoneism


  1. hatred of anything new
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Derived Formsmisoneist, nounmisoneistic, adjective

Word Origin

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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