New - Berry's New Testament Synonyms


νέος, καινός.

νέος is the new as contemplated under the aspect of time, that which has recently come into existence. καινός is the new under the aspect of quality, that which has not seen service. καινός therefore often means new as contrasted with that which has decayed with age, or is worn out, its opposite then being παλαιός. It sometimes suggests that which is unusual. It often implies praise, the new as superior to the old. Occasionally, on the other hand, it implies the opposite, the new as inferior to that which is old, because the old is familiar or because it has improved with age. Of course it is evident that both νέος and καινός may sometimes be applied to the same object, but from different points of view.