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  • Of or pertaining to syncretism; characterized by syncretism; uniting, or attempting to unite, different systems, as of philosophy or religion. See syncretism.
  • noun A syncretist.

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  • adjective Uniting and blending together different systems, as of philosophy, morals, or religion.

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  • adjective Combining disparate elements in one system, especially as in forms of religious observance, philosophical systems, or artistic creations.

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  • adjective relating to a historical tendency for a language to reduce its use of inflections
  • adjective of or characterized by syncretism


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  • And while the system of grace known as syncretic has endeavoured to harmonize the principles of Thomism and Molinism, it has served but to double the difficulties instead of eliminating them.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 14: Simony-Tournon 1840-1916 1913

  • Comte may be described as a syncretic, who, like the Gnostics of early Church history, attempted to combine the substance of imperfectly comprehended contemporary science with the form of Roman Christianity.

    Collected Essays, Volume V Science and Christian Tradition: Essays Thomas Henry Huxley 1860

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  • syncretic \sin-KRET-ik; sing-\, adjective:

    Uniting and blending together different systems, as of philosophy, morals, or religion.

    December 15, 2006

  • "Theologically, the larger 'syncretic,' or hybrid, religions—Vodou, Candomblé, and Santeria—are defined by the use of the Catholic saints as a cover for a pantheon of African-derived deities. But it is the collective practice of these religions that concerns us, and this was, and remains, Dionysian, if we understand that word in the most ancient religious sense. These are ecstatic, danced religions, in which music and the muscular synchrony of dance are employed to induce a state of trance interpreted as possession by, or transcendent unity with, a god."

    —Barbara Ehrenreich, Dancing in the Streets: A History of Collective Joy (New York: Metropolitan Books, 2006), 169

    March 16, 2009