misoneism meaning

misoneism meaning

If you’re still using a wall telephone with a cord and refusing to buy a cell phone, your more tech-savvy friends might accuse you of misoneism, or hating new things.

The noun misoneism is one way to describe a suspicion of innovation, or a stubborn tendency to stick with the older ways of doing things. A farmer’s misoneism, for example, might lead her to use plow-pulling oxen rather than tractors and to milk her cows by hand rather than using newer milking machines. The Greek word for “hatred,” misos merges here with neos, or “new.”

Definitions of misoneism
  1. noun

    hatred of change or innovation

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    hatred of new ideas

    type of:

    hate, hatred

    the emotion of intense dislike; a feeling of dislike so strong that it demands action
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