- the combination or reconciliation of differing beliefs or practices in religion, philosophy, etc.
- the merging into one of two or more differently inflected forms
- the resulting identity between two or more inflected forms of a word (Ex.: past tense twisted in “She twisted the handle” and past participle twisted in “the twisted vine”)
Origin of syncretismFrench syncrétisme ; from Modern Latin syncretismus ; from Classical Greek synkr?tismos, union of two parties against a third, origin, originally , a joining of Cretans ; from syn-, with, together + Kr?tes, plural of Kr?s, Cretan
- Reconciliation or fusion of differing systems of belief, as in philosophy or religion, especially when success is partial or the result is heterogeneous.
- Linguistics The merging of two or more originally different inflectional forms.
Origin of syncretismGreek sunkr&emacron;tismos, union, from sunkr&emacron;tizein, to unite (in the manner of the Cretan cities) : sun-, syn- + Kr&emacron;s, Kr&emacron;t-, Cretan.
- syn·cret′ic , syn′cre·tis′tic
Latin syncretismus, from Ancient Greek ÏƒÏ…Î³ÎºÏÎ·Ï„Î¹ÏƒÎ¼ÏŒÏ‚ (synkrÄ“tismos, “federation of Cretan cities"), from ÏƒÏ…Î³ÎºÏÎ·Ï„Î¯Î¶Ï‰ (synkrÄ“tizÅ, “to unite against a common enemy"), from ÏƒÏÎ½ (syn, “together") (English syn-) + ÎšÏá¿†Ï„ÎµÏ‚ (KrÄ“tes, “Cretans") (English Cretans). Surface analysis is syn- +"Ž Crete +"Ž -ism “Crete joining together".