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Hatred or fear of change or innovation.

[Italian misoneismo : Greek mīso-, miso- + Greek neos, new; see newo- in Indo-European roots.]

mis′o·ne′ist n.


(ˌmɪsəʊˈniːˌɪzəm; ˌmaɪ-)
hatred of anything new
[C19: from Italian misoneismo; see miso-, neo-, -ism]
ˌmisoˈneist n
ˌmisoneˈistic adj


(ˌmɪs oʊˈni ɪz əm, ˌmaɪ soʊ-)

hatred, distrust, or fear of what is new or represents change.
[1885–90; < Italian misoneismo. See miso-, neo-, -ism]
mis`o•ne′ist, n.
mis`o•ne•is′tic, adj.


- People with a hatred of change or new things experience misoneism.
See also related terms for hatred.


a hatred of novelty. Also called neophobia.
See also: Novelty
an abnormal dislike of novelty or innovation. Also called neophobia, cainotophobia, cainophobia.
See also: Change
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.misoneism - hatred of change or innovationmisoneism - hatred of change or innovation  
hate, hatred - the emotion of intense dislike; a feeling of dislike so strong that it demands action
misocainea - hatred of new ideas
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In this regard, Huaulu misoneistic taboos pose a fundamental challenge to ethnography.
Like Jekyll who suffers the "pangs of transformation" (1981, 93), the misoneistic, liminal "passengers" suffering t heir own rites of passage in Soho must be "seen under these changing glimpses" and must also admit redemptive change into their own lives, though not covertly like cautious and cautionary Jekyll but overtly as the Gothic tropes ultimately advise.