[ nee-ol-uh-jiz-uhm ]
/ niˈɒl əˌdʒɪz əm /
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a new word, meaning, usage, or phrase.
the introduction or use of new words or new senses of existing words.
a new doctrine, especially a new interpretation of sacred writings.
Psychiatry. a new word, often consisting of a combination of other words, that is understood only by the speaker: occurring most often in the speech of schizophrenics.
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Let’s start with some etymology: What are the origins of the typographical word “bracket”?
First appeared around 1750, and is related to the French word “braguette” for the name of codpiece armor.
First appeared in 1610, based on the French word “baguette” for the long loaf of bread.
First appeared in 1555, and is related to the French word “raquette” for a netted bat.TAKE THE QUIZ TO FIND OUT
OTHER WORDS FROM neologismne·ol·o·gist, nounne·ol·o·gis·tic, ne·ol·o·gis·ti·cal, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for neologism
The terms I have referred to are those generally employed, and I have no wish to become a neologist.Harmonies of Political Economy|Frdric Bastiat
British Dictionary definitions for neologism
/ (nɪˈɒləˌdʒɪzəm) /
noun plural -gisms or -gies
a newly coined word, or a phrase or familiar word used in a new sense
the practice of using or introducing neologisms
rare a tendency towards adopting new views, esp rationalist views, in matters of religion
Derived forms of neologismneologist, nounneologistic, neologistical or neological (ˌnɪəˈlɒdʒɪkəl), adjectiveneologistically or neologically, adverb
Word Origin for neologism
C18: via French from neo- + -logism, from Greek logos word, saying
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Medical definitions for neologism
[ nē-ŏl′ə-jĭz′əm ]
A meaningless word used by a psychotic.
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