[ nee-oh-TEHR-ik ]
Part of speech: adjective
Origin: Latin, 16th century
New or modern; recent.
Examples of Neoteric in a sentence
" Even though his father has a bookshelf of classic literature, Tom only wants to read neoteric works. "
" The university’s gallery is the hub of the city’s neoteric art scene. "
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“Neoteric” is based on the Latin “neotericus,” meaning “modern.”
Did you Know?
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, though today the word “neoteric” simply calls to mind that which is new and modern — the cutting-edge poets of 2,100 years ago are largely forgotten.