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  • n. A mystic who follows quietism.
  • n. Someone who is not socially or politically active.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One of a sect of mystics originated in the seventeenth century by Molinos, a Spanish priest living in Rome. See quietism.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who believes in or practises quietism: applied especially [capitalized] to a body of mystics (followers of Molinos, a Spanish priest) in the latter part of the seventeenth century.
  • n. One who seeks or enjoys quietness; one who advocates a policy of quietness or inactivity.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a religious mystic who follows quietism


From quiet +‎ -ist, after Italian quietista. (Wiktionary)


  • There are in particular two political traditions, one of which might be called quietist, the other activist.

    Islamic Revolution

  • In addition, a large group of "quietist" clerics, who generally deride involvement in nitty-gritty politics as being anti-Islam, have steadfastly refused to endorse Ahmadinejad or adopt Khamenei's rhetoric about the election protests. - News

  • "quietist" position that moral action derives from a disinterested

    Nicolas Malebranche

  • In this revision of the ancient martryology, Khomeini catalyzed the evolution of quietist Shi'ism into radicalized, proactive advocates of political martyrdom.

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  • The geographical position of Australia in the Far East led to the development of an interest in the Dao that reflected his own quietist and patient approach to life.

    A Different Stripe:

  • But Kapadia's muted sensibility – which he learned from one of his cinematic heroes, the quietist French director Robert Bresson – paid dividends.

    The Saturday interview: Asif Kapadia

  • A political quietist and skeptic who abhorred confrontation, he had feared a return to the war-trauma of 1914-1918.

    The Great Dissenter

  • The classical Shia position known as Samita or “quietist” does not promote a “jihad” or call for a totalitarian republic to prepare for the end of time and the return of the vanished imam.

    The Coming Revolution

  • In doing so he buried the “quietist” tradition of Shiite clerics, who had always kept their distance from politics, and replaced it with a radical hands-on interpretation that incensed many senior clergy.

    Let the Swords Encircle Me

  • Those were the first of many attacks from senior clergymen, who began to wake from years of “quietist” slumber.

    Let the Swords Encircle Me

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