Neoteric

Neoteric

ˌnēōˈterik

Noun

  • A modern person; a person who advocates new ideas.

Adjective

  • New or modern; recent.

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Example Sentences

“Even though he has a shelf of classic rock albums, Tom tends to listen to the most neoteric releases.”

“The university gallery is the hub of the city’s neoteric art scene.”

“We need to elect a neoteric to the city council — someone who is going to bring in fresh ideas.”

Word Origin

Latin, late 16th century

Why this word?

While the adjective “neoteric” dates back to the 17th century, there was a group of first-century BCE Latin poets known as “Neoterics.” These poets were modern rebels for their time: They rejected the classical styles of epic poetry (such as the works of Homer) and wrote poems full of jokes, puns, and references to (then) modern society. The best-known Neoteric poet is Catullus. Today, the word “neoteric” still means that which is new and modern, but as that concept is constantly changing, the cutting-edge poets of 2,100 years ago are largely forgotten.

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