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

n hatred of change or innovation

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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