Etymology
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neophobia (n.)

"fear of novelty, abhorrence of what is new or unaccustomed," 1877; see neo- "new" + -phobia "fear." German neophobie is attested as a dictionary word from 1870; Docteur Neophobus was an alias of French author Charles Nodier (1780-1844). Related: Neophobe; neophobic.

updated on May 25, 2019

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Definitions of neophobia from WordNet

neophobia (n.)
a morbid fear of novelty;
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.