Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who introduces new words or phrases into a language.
- n. Same as neologian.
- n. One who coins a new word or new words
- n. An innovator in any doctrine or system of belief, especially in theology.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One who introduces new words or new senses of old words into a language.
- n. An innovator in any doctrine or system of belief, especially in theology; one who introduces or holds doctrines subversive of supernatural or revealed religion; a rationalist, so-called.
- n. a lexicographer of new words and expressions
- Back-formation from neologism. Compare French néologiste. (Wiktionary)
“Proclaiming himself a "neologist" (one who invents new words, new concepts, new forms), from Ehrenberg's point of view art empowers the viewer into a dialogue about "life as art; art as life.”
“Shakespeare was an avid neologist," he reports, adding that Old English epics such as "Beowulf" often used fancifully evocative compounds in place of common nouns: "slaughter-dew," for instance, instead of blood .”
“To officially describe an entire nation as “pigs” reveals the character of the neologist as well as that of the user.”
“Here in California, the self-styled neologist created public art installations for "InSite '94" and "InSite '97" at the San Diego/Tijuana border.”
“Ehrenberg, the catalogue to his show notes, "calls himself a neologist: a cultural activist who dents culture.”
“Their word-smithing skills are particularly important when they are playing neologist -- coining new words or nomenclature.”
“Thus it was that the interpretations of J. Loeb (Die Tropismen, 1913) on the basis of experiments done with lower animals, estab - lished the neologist ideas of “phototropism” (orien - tation or displacement reaction in the direction of light), and of “thermotropism” (reaction directed to - wards a source of heat), to explain animal and perhaps also human behavior.”
“There it stands, high above them all, and remote from them all, in its air of great antiquity, in its unaccountableness, in its serene truthfulness, in its unapproachable sublimity, in that impress of divine majesty and ineffable holiness which even the unbelieving neologist has been compelled to acknowledge, and by which every devout reader feels that the first page in Genesis is forever distinguished from any mere human production.”
“And if I may venture to define it in the presence of the distinguished neologist himself, it means, "To deal with histrionically"; or, rather, that's what it will mean a couple of hundred years hence.”
“Sometimes your illiteracy is that of neologist or a great poet who is perpetually reconstructing a language in his own manner, or that of an officer who sits in his tent and writes to a friend.”
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