from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A form of Christian mysticism enjoining passive contemplation and the beatific annihilation of the will.
- n. A state of quietness and passivity.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A form of mysticism involving quiet contemplation.
- n. A state of passive quietness.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Peace or tranquillity of mind; calmness; indifference; apathy; dispassion; indisturbance; inaction.
- n. The system of the Quietists, who maintained that religion consists in the withdrawal of the mind from worldly interests and anxieties and its constant employment in the passive contemplation of God and his attributes.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. That form of mysticism which consists in the entire abnegation of all active exercise of the will and a purely passive meditation on God and divine things as the highest spiritual exercise and the means of bringing the soul into immediate union with the Godhead. Conspicuous exponents of quietism were Molinos and Mme. Guyon, in the seventeenth century. See Molinist.
- n. The state or quality of being quiet; quietness.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a form of religious mysticism requiring withdrawal from all human effort and passive contemplation of God
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