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paleo- +‎ -logism, from Ancient Greek: παλαιός (palaiós, old) in combination with λόγος (lógos, word).

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paleologism (plural paleologisms)

  1. A word or phrase that was coined in the distant past, often now obscured, or if recently used: possibly having a definition or implication different from that of any earlier usage.
    • 1964, Charles William Wahl, New Dimensions in Psychosomatic Medicine [1], page 41:
      Another is the paleologism of pars pro toto in which a part of an organ or function can symbolize the whole organ or concept; eg, the stomach may be the locus of difficulty with a patient with a history of frustrated dependency needs because of its association with the process of being fed and loved by the mother.
    • 1995, John Llewelyn, Emmanuel Levinas: The Genealogy of Ethics [2], →ISBN, page 163:
      Levinas seems to be offering new words or newly burnished words for old, those apparent semantic neologisms are more like pre-semantic paleologisms.
    • 2006, Philippe Roger as translated by Sharon Bowman, The American Enemy: The History of French Anti-Americanism [3], →ISBN, page 252:
      The word trust is in no way a neologism. On the contrary, it is a kind of paleologism, a primitive signifier, "a word from a barbarian time."
  2. An obsolete term.

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