One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Having an excessive regard for the traditions and values of the past; backward-looking. Chiefly in contrast to futurist.
A person, especially a writer or artist, with excessive regard for the traditions and values of the past; a backward-looking person. Chiefly opposed to futurist.
Early 20th century; earliest use found in The Observer. From French passéiste from passé the past + -iste, after Italian passatista (F. T. Marinetti et al. Contro Venezia Passatista in Manifesti del Futurismo 32).
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