Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A word coined and used only for the nonce, or for the particular occasion. Nonce-words, suggested by the context or arising out of momentary caprice, are numerous in English. They are usually indicated as such by the context. Some are admitted into this dictionary for historical or literary reasons, but most of them require or deserve no serious notice.
“The proper basis for comparison is the trajectory that the American economy was following when he took office, which is summed up by the nonce-word “stagflation”.”
“State-of-the-art anything died from overuse, and world-class is out of the competition, falling back into the nonce-word category.”
“The adjective is a nonce-sense, summerly elsewhere meaning 'such as one expects in summer'; the noun is a nonce-word.”
“Though aggress is in the dictionary, every one will feel that it is rare enough to be practically a neologism, and here a nonce-word.”
“A 'nonce-word' (and the use might be extended to 'nonce-phrase' and 'nonce-sense'the latter not necessarily, though it may be sometimes, equivalent to nonsense) is one that is constructed to serve a need of the moment.”
“Though he prefers to use terms like "energy grid" rather than the current nonce-word "green," he proposes to deal with problems of industry and business from the standpoint of reducing costs and respecting the reality of "finite resources.”
“Within a sesquifortnight (nonce-word, invented for this nonce), Mr. Crawford received an equally courteous reply from Oxford, over the signature of John Simpson, Co-Editor, Oxford English Dictionary.”
“Other of Caxton's loanwords have not fared so well: for example, exsidion ` extirpation '(a nonce-word), exercite ` army,' magistration”
“‘uprist’ — not by any means a nonce-word, but a genuine”
“‘uprest’ (“Revolt of Islam”, 3 21 5), which has been described as a nonce-word deliberately coined by Shelley ‘on no better warrant than the exigency of the rhyme.’”
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