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Meaning of neologism

ne•ol•o•gism

Pronunciation: (nē-ol'u-jiz"um), [key]
— n.
  1. a new word, meaning, usage, or phrase.
  2. the introduction or use of new words or new senses of existing words.
  3. a new doctrine, esp. a new interpretation of sacred writings.
  4. a new word, often consisting of a combination of other words, that is understood only by the speaker: occurring most often in the speech of schizophrenics.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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