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



neoteric (not comparable)

  1. Modern, new-fangled.
    • 1873, Fitzedward Hall, Modern English, page 294
      Among our neoteric verbs, those in -ize are exceedingly numerous.
  2. New; recent.
    • 1998, The Toronto Star, August 21
      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?
    • 1997, Espen Aarseth, Cybertext
      A few words on the two neoteric terms, cybertext and ergodic, are in order.


neoteric (plural neoterics)

  1. A modern author (especially as opposed to a classical writer).
    • 1624, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy: [], 2nd edition, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 54573970:
      , 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.
  3. (historical) any poet who belonged to the neoterics, a series of avant-garde Latin poets who wrote in the 1st century BC such as Catullus, Helvius Cinna, Publius Valerius Cato, Marcus Furius Bibaculus and Quintus Cornificius.

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