- 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.
Origin of neologism
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- 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
Word Origin for neologism
C18: via French from neo- + -logism, from Greek logos word, saying
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Word Origin and History for neologistic
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A meaningless word used by a psychotic.
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