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 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".