[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.
noun (pl) -gisms, -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

“practice of innovation in language,” 1776, from French néologisme, from neo- (see neo-) + Greek logos “word” (see lecture (n.)). Meaning “new word or expression” is from 1803. Neological is attested from 1754.

neologism ne·ol·o·gism (nē-ŏl’ə-jĭz’əm)
A meaningless word used by a psychotic.
ne·ol’o·gis’tic or ne·ol’o·gis’ti·cal adj.


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