Definition of neoteric in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌniːə(ʊ)ˈtɛrɪk/


1Belonging to recent times; recent.
Example sentences
  • This argument calls to mind Paul's neoteric assertion that the law is in fact a curse to those who observe it.
1.1New or modern: another effort by the White House to display its neoteric wizardry went awry
More example sentences
  • This was going to be a playful, chirpy piece about my first long-term (long-term in the neoteric sense, so a year) relationship with a woman.
  • Nishad says we are living in the manacles of neoteric technology
  • Prodigious is the only word for it; still, having just been briefed on the Future Combat System with its neoteric dogs, mules, and eagles, the Caesar's gun crew looked to me like Civil War reenactors.


A modern person; a person who advocates new ideas.
Example sentences
  • A whole group of young poets, the so-called ‘neoterics’, shared the same rejection of traditional norms and the same search for new forms and content, and, as in their lifestyle, Hellenistic culture provided the most important.
  • The neoterics had written poems to their mistresses as if they were goddesses.
  • Catullus and his crew think of themselves as the new neoterics.


Late 16th century: via late Latin from Greek neōterikos, from neōteros 'newer', comparative of neos.

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