Definitions for quietismˈkwaɪ ɪˌtɪz əm
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
qui•et•ismˈkwaɪ ɪˌtɪz əm(n.)
a form of Christian mysticism first promulgated in the late 17th century, requiring extinction of the will and worldly interests, and passive meditation on the divine.
a form of religious mysticism requiring withdrawal from all human effort and passive contemplation of God
A form of mysticism involving quiet contemplation.
A state of passive quietness.
peace or tranquillity of mind; calmness; indifference; apathy; dispassion; indisturbance; inaction
the system of the Quietists, who maintained that religion consists in the withdrawal of the mind from worldly interests and anxieties and its constant employment in the passive contemplation of God and his attributes
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
the name given to a mystical religious turn of mind which seeks to attain spiritual illumination and perfection by maintaining a purely passive and susceptive attitude to Divine communication and revelation, shutting out all consciousness of self and all sense of external things, and independently of the observance of the practical virtues. The high-priest of Quietism was the Spanish priest Molinos (q. v.), and his chief disciple in France was Madame de Guyon, who infected the mind of the saintly Fénélon. The appearance of it in France, and especially Fénélon's partiality to it, awoke the hostility of Bossuet, who roused the Church against it, as calculated to have an injurious effect on the interests of practical morality; indeed the hostility became so pronounced that Fénélon was forced to retract, to the gradual dying out of the fanaticism.