Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The state or fact of being synchronous or simultaneous; synchronism.
  • n. Coincidence of events that seem to be meaningfully related, conceived in Jungian theory as an explanatory principle on the same order as causality.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The state of being synchronous or simultaneous.
  • n. Coincidences that seem to be meaningfully related; supposedly the result of "universal forces".

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Synchronism.

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

  • n. the relation that exists when things occur at the same time

Etymologies

synchron(ous) + -icity (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Jung used the word synchronicity for ‘meaningful coincidence,’ which he said was a concept possible only because an observer and connected event are products of the same source.

    Vivian Rising

  • It was not until May 1930 that he invented the term synchronicity

    Still Point

  • As a consequence of this experience, Jung coined the word "synchronicity" to explain these inexplicable occurrences.

    Steve McSwain: The Wink From The Cosmos

  • Carl Jung coined the word "synchronicity" to refer to the "meaningful coincidences" of your life and mine.

    Steve McSwain: The Wink From The Cosmos

  • Our blog/life synchronicity is starting to get weird, pal.

    Maybe?

  • The motivations seem to be much the same — no compromise and constant war has become the national identity and this appears to have occurred in synchronicity with the US over the last thirty years, but certainly over the last 10.

    Think Progress » Netanyahu Apologizes For Settlements News, Despite Recently Appearing With Pro-Settlement Cleric Hagee

  • I swear, I didn't plan to be doing this on H.P. Lovecraft's birthday, but the synchronicity is wonderful.

    August 20th, 2007

  • I don't believe in synchronicity, but I did have to look twice when I read this story from the Buffalo News about the upcoming film "The Savages" which is being shot in Buffalo and Niagara Falls.

    Archive 2007-01-01

  • Worth noting that Jeff Jarvis used the same phrase just a day before I posted mine -- synchronicity is easy to find online, if you look for it.

    Thanks

  • Breathing in synchronicity with her, Lee pulled back slightly to stare down at Kara.

    New BSG fiction

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  • From Merriam-Webster.com !!

    From syn·chro·nous
    Pronunciation: \?si?-kr?-n?s, ?sin-\
    Function: adjective
    Etymology: Late Latin synchronos, from Greek, from syn- + chronos time
    Date: 1669
    1: happening, existing, or arising at precisely the same time
    2: recurring or operating at exactly the same periods

    July 15, 2009

  • I wanted to list gardenia before but I was having an Alzheimer's moment and I couldn't think of the name of the flower that was given to me as a corsage when I was taken to my first formal dance. So I turned on the TV and started watching Turner Classic Movies and The Maltese Falcon was playing. The very first scene that came up features Mary Astor wearing a gardenia.

    February 11, 2008