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Friday, December 15, 2006

Definitions for neologism

  1. A new word or expression.
  2. A new use of a word or expression.
  3. The use or creation of new words or expressions.

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Citations for neologism
The word "civilization" was just coming into use in the 18th century, in French and in English, and conservative men of letters preferred to avoid it as a newfangled neologism. Larry Wolff, New York Times
If the work is really a holding operation, this will show in a closed or flat quality in the prose and in the scheme of the thing, a logiclessness, if you will pardon the neologism, in the writing. Harold Brodkey, New York Times
Origin of neologism
The French word neologisme, from which the English is borrowed, is made up of the elements neo-, "new" + log-, "word" + -isme, -ism (all of which are derived from Greek).