Definition of neoteric in English:



  • New or modern; recent.

    ‘another effort by the White House to display its neoteric wizardry went awry’
    • ‘Nishad says we are living in the manacles of neoteric technology’
    • ‘This was going to be a playful, chirpy piece about my first long-term (long-term in the neoteric sense, so a year) relationship with a woman.’
    • ‘Of course, the herald of the neoteric Eden must embody the same transcendent characteristics.’
    • ‘Many of these neoteric solvent systems have interesting properties that make them suitable for use in homogeneous catalysis.’
    • ‘Prodigious is the only word for it; still, having just been briefed on the Future Combat System with its neoteric dogs, mules, and eagles, the Caesar's gun crew looked to me like Civil War reenactors.’
    • ‘Blend a few more neoteric sugary additions like simple syrup, fructose or honey and we're up-to-date.’
    original, innovatory, innovational, new, novel, fresh, unconventional, unorthodox, off-centre, unusual, unfamiliar, unprecedented, avant-garde, experimental, inventive, ingenious
    new, the latest, late, current, fresh, modern, contemporary, present-day, up to date, up to the minute, latter-day, latter
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  • A modern person; a person who advocates new ideas.

    • ‘Catullus and his crew think of themselves as the new neoterics.’
    • ‘The neoterics had written poems to their mistresses as if they were goddesses.’
    • ‘A whole group of young poets, the so-called ‘neoterics’, shared the same rejection of traditional norms and the same search for new forms and content, and, as in their lifestyle, Hellenistic culture provided the most important.’


Late 16th century: via late Latin from Greek neōterikos, from neōteros ‘newer’, comparative of neos.