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neoteric

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EtymologyEdit

From Late Latin neotericus, from Hellenistic Greek νεωτερικός (neōterikós), from comparative of Ancient Greek νέος (néos, new).

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neoteric (not comparable)

  1. Modern, new-fangled.
    • Fitzed. Hall
      Our neoteric verbs.
  2. New; recent.
    • "Should it all come crashing in on us . . . will there be enough luddites, whose hands remember, to free us from the chains of neoteric technology?" — The Toronto Star, August 21, 1998
    • "A few words on the two neoteric terms, cybertext and ergodic, are in order." — Cybertext, 1997, Espen Aarseth.

NounEdit

neoteric (plural neoterics)

  1. A modern author (especially as opposed to a classical writer).
    • 1621, Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy, Bk.I, New York, 2001, p.140:
      Galen himself writes promiscuously of them both by reason of their affinity; but most of our neoterics do handle them apart, whom I will follow in this treatise.
  2. Someone with new or modern ideas.

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