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neologism

ne·ol·o·gism

neologism

 
pronunciation:
ni a l jih zm
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a new word, phrase, or usage.
Coined by a Danish scientist, the word "gene" was a neologism in the early twentieth century.
definition 2: the introduction or use of new words or meanings.
derivations: neologistic (adj.), neologist (n.)
Word Parts
The word neologism contains the following parts:
log, logo, -logue Greek root that means word, speech, written work
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See also -logy, -ology, a terminal form of this root.
neo Greek root that means new, recent
synonyms:
nov
 
-ism1 Greek noun-forming suffix that means act, process, state, practice, or instance of
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The suffix -ism1 attaches to Greek roots to form nouns which usually have a corresponding verb ending in "-ize, -ise". See also -ism2.