neology

noun
ne·ol·o·gy | \nēˈäləjē\
plural -es

Definition of neology 

1a : the use of a new word or expression or of an established word in a new or different sense : the use of new expressions that are not sanctioned by conventional standard usage : the introduction of such expressions into a language

b : neologism sense 1a

2 : a new doctrine especially : a new method of theological interpretation

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History and Etymology for neology

French néologie, from né- ne- + -logie -logy

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