technetronic

adjective

tech·​ne·​tron·​ic ˌtek-nə-ˈträ-nik How to pronounce technetronic (audio)
: shaped or influenced by the changes wrought by advances in technology and communications
our modern technetronic society

Word History

Etymology

techn(o)- + (el)e(c)tronic

Note: Word apparently introduced by the Polish-American political scientist and diplomat Zbigniew Brzezinski (1928-2017), perhaps first in the December 23, 1967, issue of the New Republic. The source of the -e- as a linking vowel between techno- and electronic, rather than the expected -o- or -i-, is uncertain.

First Known Use

1967, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of technetronic was in 1967

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Cite this Entry

“Technetronic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/technetronic. Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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