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

  • n. Synergy.
  • n. Christianity The doctrine that individual salvation is achieved through a combination of human will and divine grace.

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  • n. synergy
  • n. The theological doctrine that one's salvation is brought about by a combination of human will and divine grace

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The doctrine or theory, attributed to Melanchthon, that in the regeneration of a human soul there is a coöperation, or joint agency, on the part both of God and of man.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In theology, the doctrine that there are two efficient agents in regeneration, namely the human will and the divine Spirit, which, in the strict sense of the term, coöperate.

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

  • n. the working together of two things (muscles or drugs for example) to produce an effect greater than the sum of their individual effects
  • n. the theological doctrine that salvation results from the interaction of human will and divine grace


New Latin synergismus, from Greek sunergos, working together : sun-, syn- + ergon, work; see werg- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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