1. a new convert being taught the principles of Christianity by a catechist

    Synonyms : catechumen
    Type Of : pupil, educatee, student
  2. any new participant in some activity

    Synonyms : entrant, fledgeling, fledgling, freshman, newbie, newcomer, starter
    Type Of : beginner, initiate, novice, tiro, tyro
  3. a plant that is found in an area where it had not been recorded previously

    Type Of : flora, plant, plant life


  1. being born or beginning

    Antonyms : dying
    Examples :
    • the nascent chicks
    • a nascent insurgency


  1. filled with bewilderment

    Synonyms : at a loss, nonplused, puzzled


  1. causing or able to cause nausea

    Synonyms : loathsome, nauseating, nauseous, offensive, queasy, sickening, vile
  2. offensively malodorous

    Synonyms : fetid, foetid, foul, foul-smelling, funky, ill-scented, smelly, stinking


  1. marked by up-to-dateness in dress and manners

    Synonyms : dapper, dashing, jaunty, raffish, rakish, snappy, spiffy, spruce


  1. of no real value

    Examples :
    • a nugatory law


  1. someone new to a field or activity

    Synonyms : beginner, initiate, tiro, tyro
    Type Of : unskilled person
  2. someone who has entered a religious order but has not taken final vows

    Synonyms : novitiate
    Type Of : religious person


  1. original and of a kind not seen before

    Synonyms : fresh, new
    Examples :
    • the computer produced a completely novel proof of a well-known theorem
  2. pleasantly new or different

    Synonyms : refreshing
  3. an extended fictional work in prose; usually in the form of a story

    Type Of : fiction
  4. a printed and bound book that is an extended work of fiction

    Type Of : book, volume
    Examples :
    • his bookcases were filled with nothing but novels
    • he burned all the novels


  1. the state of being known for some unfavorable act or quality

    Synonyms : ill fame
    Type Of : infamy


  1. longing for something past

    Type Of : hungriness, longing, yearning