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 (nē-ŏl′ə-jĭz′əm, nē′ō-lō′-)
1. A new word, expression, or usage.
2. The creation or use of new words or senses.
3. Psychology
a. The invention of new words regarded as a symptom of certain psychotic disorders, such as schizophrenia.
b. A word so invented.
4. Theology A new doctrine or a new interpretation of scripture.

ne·ol′o·gist n.
ne·ol′o·gis′tic, ne·ol′o·gis′ti·cal adj.
Usage Note: The traditional pronunciation of neologism is accented on the second syllable (nē-ŏl′ə-jĭz′əm). In our 2015 survey, this is the pronunciation preferred by 72 percent of the Usage Panel. A newer variant pronunciation accented on the third syllable (nē′ō-lō′jĭz′əm) is preferred by 28 percent of the Panel; however, only half of the Panel finds it acceptable.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.neologist - a lexicographer of new words and expressions
lexicographer, lexicologist - a compiler or writer of a dictionary; a student of the lexical component of language
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A self-proclaimed word nerd and neologist, Ullie loves photography, experimenting in the kitchen and getting lost on hiking excursions.
Not only is he a relentless neologist, he is also gifted with what's available in any old Merriam-Webster.
The name of the neologist is recorded neither in the documents left behind by the Europeans nor in the oral histories of the peoples of Sikka with which I am acquainted.
They are part of a very large group of sonnets attacking foreign undoers of the Bible: all the alien demythologizers, comparative-religionists, "neologists" ("The Young Neologist at Bethlehem: A Recommendatory Letter"; CXLVI), enders of the faith (modern announcers of "Terminus": CXXV).