neophilia

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noun neo·phil·ia \ˌnē-ə-ˈfi-lē-ə\

Definition of neophilia

  1. :  love of or enthusiasm for what is new or novel

neophiliac

play \ˌnē-ə-ˈfi-lē-ˌak\ noun

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The earliest known example of neophilia in print is from an 1899 issue of Political Science Quarterly, a publication of Columbia University. The word is a combination of the Greek-derived combining forms neo-, meaning "new," and -philia, meaning "liking for." In the 1930s, the form neophily was introduced as a synonym of neophilia, but no neophilia could save it from obscurity-it has never caught on. The opposite of neophilia is neophobia, meaning "a dread of or aversion to novelty." It has been around slightly longer than neophilia, having first appeared in 1886.

1899

First Known Use of neophilia

1899


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