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Tuesday, September 22

Neophilia

[nee-ə-FIL-ee-ə]

Part of speech: noun

Origin: American English, late 19th century

1.

Love of, preference for, or great interest in what is new.

2.

A love of novelty.

Examples of Neophilia in a sentence

"My neophilia means I always buy the new generation of iPhone as soon as it's released."

"I accused my father of neophilia when he brought home yet another smart gadget."

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About Neophilia

The great thing about Ancient Greek is that so many new words can be created from its roots. "Neo" means new and "philia" means fondness. Neophilia, quite simply, is a love or preference for all that is new and trendy.

Did you Know?

The first documented usage of "neophilia" was in "Political Science Quarterly," an academic journal founded in the late 19th century. Millennial and Gen Z social media influencers are the perfect purveyors of neophilia, or a love of new trends.

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