[ nee-ol-uh-jiz-uh m ]
/ niˈɒl əˌdʒɪz əm /
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.
Words nearby neologism
OTHER WORDS FROM neologismne·ol·o·gist, nounne·ol·o·gis·tic, ne·ol·o·gis·ti·cal, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for neologistic
/ (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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Medicine definitions for neologistic
[ nē-ŏl′ə-jĭz′əm ]
A meaningless word used by a psychotic.
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