Definition of neologism in English:
1A newly coined word or expression.
- His work routinely exhibits a Joycean verbal playfulness and exuberance, and is littered with inventive neologisms and mixed metaphors.
- Politicians invent neologisms and use words in a very imaginative way.
- Radner writes long, convoluted sentences and regularly coins neologisms; he also employs words without much sensitivity to the alternative associations that they are likely to breed in the minds of the reader.
1.1 [mass noun] The coining or use of new words.
- ‘I am not afraid of neologism,’ wrote the fearless Professor Fowler.
- Justifying speciesism takes us back to square one, but with an ugly, misleading and tendentious neologism thrown in.
- At the risk of coining a fourth type (writers are only allowed one neologism per article) we could say that the global economy (and its attendant pollution) is itself 4th nature.
- Example sentences
- Although, thinking about it, I'm sure my vocabulary has been enlarged in previously unexplored directions by the energetic neologists of spam.
- Always the playful neologist (pertussion is his coinage from the technical term for whooping cough, pertussis), Wallace has lately become a professor of literature.
- In 2001 Hebden perfected what neologists might term ‘folktronica’ on Pause, a late summer's melange of delicate found-sound sonics and charmingly recontextualised acoustic melodies and beats.
- Example sentences
- We have discovered a rich new seam of zeitgeist, and the publishers are neologising all the way to the bank.
- There are words borrowed from Chinese dialect and Malay and some of which are neologised from the vernacular.
- Apparently, they had no idea that cos was short for because, and typically neologised into cuz in the states.
Pronunciation: /nɪˈɒlədʒʌɪz/(also neologise) verb
Early 19th century: from French néologisme.
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