Syncretism meaning

sĭngkrĭ-tĭzəm, sĭn-
Reconciliation or fusion of differing systems of belief, as in philosophy or religion, especially when success is partial or the result is heterogeneous.
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The merging of two or more originally different inflectional forms.
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The combination or reconciliation of differing beliefs or practices in religion, philosophy, etc.
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(linguistics) The fusion of different inflexional forms.
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The reconciliation or fusion of different systems or beliefs (the attempt at such fusion).
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Origin of syncretism

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

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Latin syncretismus, from Ancient Greek συγκρητισμός (synkrÄ“tismos, “federation of Cretan cities"), from συγκρητίζω (synkrÄ“tizō, “to unite against a common enemy"), from σύν (syn, “together") (English syn-) + Κρῆτες (KrÄ“tes, “Cretans") (English Cretans). Surface analysis is syn- +"Ž Crete +"Ž -ism “Crete joining together".

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