pa·​leo·​con·​ser·​va·​tive | \ ˌpā-lē-ō-kən-ˈsər-və-tiv How to pronounce paleoconservative (audio) \

Definition of paleoconservative

: a conservative espousing traditional principles and policies

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from paleoconservative

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, "David Brooks still can’t see how central racism is to right-wing populism.," 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, "William F. Buckley and the Odyssey of Conservatism," 8 May 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'paleoconservative.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of paleoconservative

1981, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for paleoconservative

paleo- + conservative entry 2 (opposed to neoconservative)

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about paleoconservative

Time Traveler for paleoconservative

Time Traveler

The first known use of paleoconservative was in 1981

See more words from the same year

Statistics for paleoconservative

Cite this Entry

“Paleoconservative.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLA Chicago APA Merriam-Webster

More from Merriam-Webster on paleoconservative

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for paleoconservative

Comments on paleoconservative

What made you want to look up paleoconservative? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

February 2021 Words of the Day Quiz

  • squirrel in winter
  • Which is a synonym of perdure?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!