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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

syn•cre•tismˈsɪŋ krɪˌtɪz əm, ˈsɪn-(n.)

  1. the attempted reconciliation or union of different or opposing principles, practices, or parties, as in philosophy or religion.

  2. the merging, as by historical change in a language, of two or more inflectional categories into one, as the use in nonstandard English of was with both singular and plural subjects.

    Category: Language/Linguistics

Origin of syncretism:

1610–20; < NL syncretismus < Gk synkrētismós union of Cretans 蠐 syn- syn - +Krēt-, Krḗs a Cretan



  1. syncretist(Noun)

    One who attempts syncretism, the fusion of different systems or beliefs.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Syncretist(noun)

    one who attempts to unite principles or parties which are irreconcilably at variance;

  2. Syncretist(noun)

    an adherent of George Calixtus and other Germans of the seventeenth century, who sought to unite or reconcile the Protestant sects with each other and with the Roman Catholics, and thus occasioned a long and violent controversy in the Lutheran church


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