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  1. modern; new; recent.
  1. a new or modern writer, thinker, etc.

Origin of neoteric

1590–1600; < Late Latin neōtericus new, modern < Greek neōterikós young, youthful, equivalent to neṓter(os) younger (comparative of néos new) + -ikos -ic
Related formsne·o·ter·i·cal·ly, adverb
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Historical Examples

  • Rush is a strong word: gush a weak one, much hackneyed by neoteric poetasters.

    Notes and Queries, Vol. IV, Number 104, October 25, 1851


British Dictionary definitions for neoteric


  1. belonging to a new fashion or trend; moderna neoteric genre
  1. a new writer or philosopher
Derived Formsneoterically, adverb

Word Origin

C16: via Late Latin from Greek neōterikos young, fresh, from neoteros younger, more recent, from neos new, recent
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for neoteric


"recent, new," 1590s, from Late Latin neotericus, from Greek neoterikos "youthful, fresh, modern," from neoteros, comp. of neos "new" (see new). Related: Neoterism.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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