- Neologism is defined as a new word or a new use for an old word, or the act of making up new words.
- An example of a neologism is the word webinar, for a seminar on the web or the Internet.
- An example of neologism is a comedian coining new terms on a TV show like Stephen Colbert’s creation of the term “truthiness.”
- a new word or a new meaning for an established word
- the use of, or the practice of creating, new words or new meanings for established words
Origin: Fr néologisme: see neo-, -logy, and amp; -ism
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- A new word, expression, or usage.
- The creation or use of new words or senses.
- Psychology a. The invention of new words regarded as a symptom of certain psychotic disorders, such as schizophrenia.b. A word so invented.
- Theology A new doctrine or a new interpretation of scripture.
- ne·olˈo·gist noun
- ne·olˌo·gisˈtic, ne·olˌo·gisˈti·cal adjective
neologism - Computer Definition
A new word or new meaning for an existing word. The high-tech field routinely creates new meanings for words. Before 1980, there was no doubt that a "mouse" referred only to a furry rodent.
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