American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Reconciliation or fusion of differing systems of belief, as in philosophy or religion, especially when success is partial or the result is heterogeneous.
- n. Linguistics The merging of two or more originally different inflectional forms.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The attempted reconciliation or union of irreconcilable principles or parties, as in philosophy or religion; specifically, the doctrines of a certain school in the Lutheran Church, followers of Calixtus, who attempted to effect a union among all Christians, Protestant and Catholic. Sec syncretist. This word first passed into common use at the Reformation, and was then used indifferently, in both a good and a bad sense, to designate the attempted union of different sects on the basis of tenets common to all. It soon lost all but its contemptuous meaning, and became specifically restricted to the system of a school of thinkers within the Lutheran Church.
- n. The reconciliation or fusion of different systems or beliefs (or the attempt at such fusion)
- n. linguistics The fusion of different inflexional forms
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Attempted union of principles or parties irreconcilably at variance with each other.
- n. (Philol.) The union or fusion into one of two or more originally different inflectional forms, as of two cases.
- n. the fusion of originally different inflected forms (resulting in a reduction in the use of inflections)
- n. the union (or attempted fusion) of different systems of thought or belief (especially in religion or philosophy)
- Latin syncretismus, from Ancient Greek συγκρητισμός (synkrētismos, "federation of Cretan cities"), from συγκρητίζω (synkrētizō, "to unite against a common enemy"), from σύν (syn, "together") (English syn-) + Κρῆτες (Krētes, "Cretans") (English Cretans). Surface analysis is syn- + Crete + -ism “Crete joining together”. (Wiktionary)
- Greek sunkrētismos, union, from sunkrētizein, to unite (in the manner of the Cretan cities) : sun-, syn- + Krēs, Krēt-, Cretan. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“That all suggests a certain syncretism and perhaps even validation from the Lord Hisself who has simply stood by idly watching as Jimi chops down mountains and creates islands.”
“I have studied much of the world sacred literature and syncretism is quite common”
“He wants to avoid the syncretism, which is essentially saying your truth is as good as mine.”
“Since their religion was forbidden, they disguised their deities as Catholic saints, a phenomena called syncretism, of fusion of beliefs, that persists to this day.”
“I believe this is known as syncretism: take the local belief structure be it a winter solstice holiday with an evergreen tree or a belief that television or a computer is the most important thing to watch and twist it so it appears to have a religious method.”
“It is also called syncretism and compromise, and Saint Jude said all you need to hear about that sort of thing.”
“At the very least the matter of translation and interpretation of NA and LG on this point is in need of some clarification, for the sake of Catholics like Mr. Perkins or Mr. Hunter or Prodinoscopus, as well as for the sake of Catholics and non-Catholics who want to gloss over serious theological disagreements and/or promote some kind of syncretism or universalism.”
“One possible negative effect of the process of globalization is the tendency to favour this kind of syncretism by encouraging forms of “religion” that, instead of bringing people together, alienate them from one another and distance them from reality.”
“The final chapter of the Zhuangzi, ˜Below in the Empire,™ exemplifies this kind of syncretism in its analysis of early intellectual traditions.”
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