Neophilia is a love of new things (or a strong interest in new things).
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Part of speech:
(Like “milk,” “rice,” and “education,” uncountable nouns are words for stuff that can’t be broken into exact units. You talk about “some milk,” “the rice,” and “a lot of education,” but you don’t say “a milk,” “three rices,” or “many educations.”
Likewise, talk about “the neophilia,” “such neophilia,” “no neophilia,” and so on, but don’t say “neophilias.”)
A neophiliac is a person with neophilia, and "neophiliac" is also the adjective.
How to use it:
Neophilia can be focused on brand new things that are just now available, like new songs, new clothes, and new restaurants, or it could be focused on things that are simply new to you: new cities to visit, new languages to learn, new people to hang out with.
Talk about neophilia in general: "young folk these days are afflicted with neophilia and will buy anything you offer up as fresh," "the neophilia that runs rampant in consumer culture," "just one downside of neophilia is waste," and so on.
Add an adjective to this noun if you like: linguistic neophilia, political neophilia, technological neophilia, etc.
If you call someone neophiliac (or a neophiliac,) your meaning is probably lighthearted ("my neophiliac daughter who tires of toys after ten minutes") but could be critical instead ("these neophiliacs never appreciate what they have and always want something more.")
For the adjective, talk about neophiliac needs, neophiliac tendencies, neophiliac behaviors, neophiliac consumers, and so on.
Like all girls, I get the shopping itch sometimes, but I'm not even a borderline neophiliac; some of my shirts are eight or ten years old.
It's easy to criticize all the neophilia in our culture, but there's a small body of research linking it to survival skills, creativity, and overall well-being.
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You’ll know you understand what "neophilia" means when you can explain it without saying "obsession" or "novelty."
Think of someone you know who seems to always be trying something new or buying something new, and fill in the blanks: "Ever the neophiliac, (Person) recently/always_____."
Example: "Ever the neophiliac, my friend always asks the server to recommend something exciting on the menu--while I always pick what I've had before and know is good."
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1. The opposite of NEOPHILIA is
2. If you resist all the neophilia of the world of fashion, _____
A. you can still look stylish by dressing in timeless, simple pieces.
B. you'll have a stronger, healthier physique and more energy.
C. you'll look more cheerful in the brighter colors.
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