pa·​leo·​con·​ser·​va·​tive ˌpā-lē-ō-kən-ˈsər-və-tiv How to pronounce paleoconservative (audio)
: a conservative espousing traditional principles and policies
paleoconservative adjective

Examples of paleoconservative in a Sentence

paleoconservatives who would never sanction gambling casinos in their state
Recent Examples on the Web The New York Times columnist has penned an unusually smart article identifying the late paleoconservative writer Samuel T. Francis as a prophet of Trumpism. Jeet Heer, New Republic, 22 Sep. 2017 In his final act of excommunication, Buckley took a stand against the paleoconservative Pat Buchanan in 1991 for expressing opposition to the Persian Gulf war in terms that were both incendiary and undeniably anti-Semitic. Damon Linker, New York Times, 8 May 2017

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Word History


paleo- + conservative entry 2 (opposed to neoconservative)

First Known Use

1981, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of paleoconservative was in 1981

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Cite this Entry

“Paleoconservative.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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