- 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 sunkrētismos union from sunkrētizein to unite (in the manner of the Cretan cities) sun- syn- Krēs Krēt- 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".