Monday, 16 December 2013

Word of the Day misoneism

Word of the Day


misoneism

\ mis-oh-NEE-iz-uhm, mahy-soh- \  , noun;
1.
hatred or dislike of what is new or represents change.
Quotes:
But it is necessary to note that hereditary anomaly, if it provokes an anomaly in the moral sense, also suppresses misoneism , the horror of novelty which is almost the general rule of humanity.
-- Joseph Conrad, The Secret Agent , 1907
...he saw he was the only one to stand ready for the new thing, because the others were all exhibiting symptoms of misoneism .
-- Brian Aldiss, Brian Aldiss , 1967
Origin:
Misoneism  comes from the Greek miso-  + neos  meaning "hatred" and "new."

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