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  1. A word or phrase that was coined in the distant past, often now obscure and perhaps having a definition or implication different from that of a more recent usage.
    • 1964, Charles William Wahl, New Dimensions in Psychosomatic Medicine http://books.google.com/books?ei=pYR2R4LBO4bosQPlrJWeBw, page 41:
      Another is the 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 http://books.google.com/books?id=y5mmvpiKXxUC, ISBN 0415107296, 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 http://books.google.com/books?id=R8Z200sQYnoC, ISBN 0226723682, page 252:
      The word trust is in no way a neologism. On the contrary, it is a kind of , a primitive signifier, "a word from a barbarian time."
Etymology: Derived from Greek paleĆ³s, meaning "old", and patterned after (neologism).


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