Word of The Day for Thursday, February 10, 2011


ne•o•ter•ic (nee-uh-TER-ik)

of recent origin; modern; belonging to a new fashion or trend

1. a new writer or philosopher
2. a modern person; one accepting new ideas and practices

neoterically adverb
1596; from L. neotericus, from Gk. neoterikos, from neoteros, comp. of neos "new"

Synonyms: new, contemporary, current, modern
Antonyms: palaioteric
Related Words: neophyte, new, neon, neoteny, misoneism

Sentence Examples:
• To be sure the vices of the episodic style must be pruned away, and they were, mercilessly. The Aeneid has none of the meretricious involutions of plot, none of the puzzling half-uttered allusions to essential facts, none of the teasing interruptions of the neoteric story book.  -Vergil, Tenney Frank

• Max Müller properly calls touch, scent, and taste the palaioteric, and sight and hearing the neoteric senses, the latter of which often require to be verified by the former. Touch is the lowest in specialization and development, and is considered to be the oldest of the senses, the others indeed being held by some writers to be only its modifications. -Sign Language Among North American Indians Compared With That Among Other Peoples And Deaf-Mutes, Garrick Mallery

• Change, my dear, you will speedily have, to satisfy the most craving of women, if Willoughby, as I suppose, is in the neoteric fashion of spending a honeymoon on a railway: apt image, exposition and perpetuation of the state of mania conducting to the institution! -The Egoist, George Meredith

Sources: Free Dictionary, Online Etymology

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