from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Neologism.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The study or art of neologizing (creating new words).
  • n. The act of introducing a new word into a language
  • n. The holding of novel or rational religious views

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The introduction of a new word, or of words or significations, into a language.
  • n. A new doctrine

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Innovation in language; the introduction of new words or new senses of old words.
  • n. The invention or introduction of new ideas or views.
  • n. Specifically, rationalistic views in theology.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the act of inventing a word or phrase
  • n. a newly invented word or phrase


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  • And at least his success was unmistakable as to the precise literary effect he had intended, including a certain tincture of "neology" in expression -- nonnihil interdum elocutione novella parum signatum -- in the language of

    Marius the Epicurean — Volume 1

  • The aging CBS anchorwoman did a segment on “neology,” which, as she defined it, is the invention of a word, or breathing new life into an old one.


  • Bainbridge reminds us that Thomas Jefferson wrote: I am a friend to neology.

    Archive 2006-11-01

  • News peer reputation survey, generated a spirited critique by David Giacalone on on the f/k/a blog, which is dedicated to "one-breath poetry & breathless punditry with haikuEsq," for engaging in "bad neology":

    Law Porn, Law School Puffspam, Haiku, and Woodpeckers

  • Interest in coinage, or neology, is closely akin to etymology, the history of coinage and semantic development.

    No Uncertain Terms

  • But even the dictionary is not large enough for him, and he extends it this way and that, his daring neology creating consternation among the critic flies and other ephemera.

    The Complete Works of Brann the Iconoclast, Volume 1.

  • "To the sincerely inquiring doubter, the striking way in which the truth of the Resurrection is exhibited must be most beneficial, but such a character we are compelled to believe is rare among those of the schools of neology."

    The Fair Haven

  • For this was the age of Benthamism in social philosophy and "German neology" in biblical criticism.

    The Political History of England - Vol XI From Addington's Administration to the close of William IV.'s Reign (1801-1837)

  • He will feel the obligation not of the laws only, but of those affinities, avoidances, those mere preferences, of his language, which through the associations of literary history have become a part of its nature, prescribing the rejection of many a neology, many a license, many a gipsy phrase which might present itself as actually expressive.

    Appreciations, with an Essay on Style

  • He had first of all gone through a full curriculum in one of the old orthodox halls of the United States; he had then passed into Germany, where he had taken a course of neology and philosophy; and now he had come to Rome, where he intended to finish off with a course of Romanism.

    Pilgrimage from the Alps to the Tiber Or The Influence of Romanism on Trade, Justice, and Knowledge


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