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syncretism

noun

  1. (union)  the union (or attempted fusion) of different systems of thought or belief (especially in religion or philosophy)
    Type of: union
  2. (fusion)  the fusion of originally different inflected forms (resulting in a reduction in the use of inflections)
    Type of: fusion

Etymology summary

"reconciliation of different beliefs", from Modern Latin syncretismus (David...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Wikipedia:

Syncretism

the combining of different beliefs, often while melding practices of various schools of thought. Syncretism involves the merger and analogizing of several originally discrete traditions, especially in the theology and mythology of religion, thus... (34 of 4440 words, pronunciation)

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Collins Dictionary:

syncretism | syncretistic [adjective, derived]

the tendency to syncretize | the historical tendency of languages to reduce their use of inflection, as in the development of Old English with all its ... (25 of 348 words, 2 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/syncretism

New World Dictionary:

syncretism | syncretic [related] | syncretist [noun, adjective, related]

a combination, reconciliation, or coalescence of varying, often mutually ... | [linguistics] ; the merging into one of two or more differently ... (21 of 114 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/syncretism

Oxford Dictionary:

syncretism | syncretic [derived] | syncretist [derived] | syncretistic [derived]

the amalgamation or attempted amalgamation of different religions, cultures, or schools of thought | [linguistics] : the merging of different ... (19 of 97 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/syncretism

Random House Dictionary:

syncretism

the attempted reconciliation or union of different or opposing principles, practices, or parties, as in philosophy or religion. | [grammar] the ... (20 of 83 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/syncretism

American Heritage Dictionary:

syncretism | syncretic [adjective, related] | syncretistic [adjective, related] | syncretist [noun, related]

Reconciliation or fusion of differing systems of belief, as in philosophy ... | [linguistics] The merging of two or more originally different ... (21 of 66 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/syncretism

Merriam-Webster:

syncretism | syncretist [noun, adjective, related] | syncretistic [adjective, related]

the combination of different forms of belief or practice | the fusion of two or more originally different inflectional forms (19 of 57 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/syncretism

Wiktionary:

syncretism | syncretisms [plural]

The reconciliation or fusion of different systems or beliefs (or the attempt at such fusion) | [linguistics] The fusion of different inflexional forms (22 of 28 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/syncretism

Encarta Dictionary:

syncretism | syncretisms [plural]

the combination of different systems of philosophical or religious belief or practice | the use of a single inflectional form of a word to cover ... (24 of 109 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861717745​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

syncretism

First use: 1610s

Origin: "reconciliation of different beliefs", from Modern Latin syncretismus (David Pareus, 1615), from Greek synkretismos "union of ... (17 of 60 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=syncretism

Wiktionary:

syncretism

Origin: Latin syncretismus, from Ancient Greek συγκρητισμός (synkrētismos, "federation of Cretan cities"), from συγκρητίζω (synkrētizō, "to unite against a common enemy"), from σύν... (22 of 40 etymology words)

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New World Dictionary:

syncretism

Origin: French syncrĂ©tisme from Modern Latin syncretismus from Greek synkrētismos, union of two parties against a third, originally, a ... (18 of 30 etymology words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/syncretism

Collins Dictionary:

syncretism

First use: 17th century

Origin: from New Latin syncrētismus, from Greek sunkrētismos alliance of Cretans, from sunkrētizein to join forces (in the manner of the ... (22 of 29 etymology words)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/syncretism

Oxford Dictionary:

syncretism

First use: early 17th century

Origin: modern Latin syncretismus, from Greek sunkrētismos, from sunkrētizein "unite against a third party", from sun- "together" ... (19 of 28 etymology words)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/syncretism

American Heritage Dictionary:

syncretism

Origin: Greek sunkrētismos, union, from sunkrētizein, to unite (in the manner of the Cretan cities): sun-, syn- + Krēs, Krēt-, Cretan.

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Merriam-Webster:

syncretism

First use: 1618

Origin: New Latin syncretismus, from Greek synkrētismos federation of Cretan cities, from syn- + Krēt-, Krēs Cretan

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/syncretism

Encarta Dictionary:

syncretism | syncretisms [plural]

First use: Early 17th century

Origin: modern Latin syncretismus from Greek sugkrētismos "union" from sugkrētizein "unite (against a common enemy)"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861717745​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

syncretism

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the Free Dictionary:

syncretism

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Google Dictionary:

syncretism

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

syncretism

Audio: North American pronunciation of "syncretism"

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YourDictionary Audio:

syncretism

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