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1. Reconciliation or fusion of differing systems of belief, as in philosophy or religion, especially when success is partial or the result is heterogeneous.
2. Linguistics The merging of two or more originally different inflectional forms.
[Greek sunkrētismos, union, from sunkrētizein, to unite (in the manner of the Cretan cities) : sun-, syn- + Krēs, Krēt-, Cretan.]
syn·cret′ic (-krĕt′ĭk), syn′cre·tis′tic (-krĭ-tĭs′tĭk) adj.
1. (Philosophy) the tendency to syncretize
2. (Linguistics) the historical tendency of languages to reduce their use of inflection, as in the development of Old English with all its case endings into Modern English
[C17: from New Latin syncrētismus, from Greek sunkrētismos alliance of Cretans, from sunkrētizein to join forces (in the manner of the Cretan towns), from syn- + Krēs a Cretan]
syncretic, ˌsyncreˈtistic adj
syn•cre•tism(ˈsɪŋ krɪˌtɪz əm, ˈsɪn-)
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.
[1610–20; < New Latin syncretismus < Greek synkrētismós union of Cretans « syn- syn- + Krēt-, Krḗs a Cretan]
syn•cret•ic (sɪnˈkrɛt ɪk) syn`cre•tis′tic (-ˈtɪs tɪk) adj.
the attempted reconciliation of different or opposing principles, practices, or parties, as in philosophy or religion. — syncretic, syncretical, syncretistic, syncretistical, adj.See also: Philosophy
the attempted reconciliation or union of different or opposing principles, practices, parties, or denominations, as in the late 19th- and 20th-century discussions between Anglo-Catholics and Roman authorities. — syncretic, syncretical, syncretistic, syncretistical, adj.See also: Protestantism
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|Noun||1.||syncretism - the union (or attempted fusion) of different systems of thought or belief (especially in religion or philosophy); "a syncretism of material and immaterial theories"|
|2.||syncretism - the fusion of originally different inflected forms (resulting in a reduction in the use of inflections)|
fusion - the merging of adjacent sounds or syllables or words