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 (sĭng′krĭ-tĭz′əm, sĭn′-)
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.
syn′cre·tist n.
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Adj.1.syncretistic - relating to a historical tendency for a language to reduce its use of inflections; "modern English is a syncretic language"
2.syncretistic - of or characterized by syncretism
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Our perspective on mission must involve dissociating ourselves from mission praxes that are wedded with imperialism, consumerism, hedonism, and all other syncretistic distractions that take the focus away from the task that God has given us.
Yet in the catalog, she parses some of the types of figures so closely that one might wonder if the Egyptians themselves would have recognized the precise divisions, or if some of the figures are to be understood as syncretistic deities.
In their floruit, Templargnostic insights go back to the mystery religions and syncretistic thinking characteristic of the earliest beginnings of Christianity and of spiritual movements competing with it.
Patrick, and describes the pagan option of inheritance, and choosing ambiguous successors, He includes the impact of Ben Sirach and Ezra as scribal prophets, assumptions, strategies, and describes a syncretistic intellectual milieu.
It became one more in a family of liberal, syncretistic, fuzzy theistic communities that exhibit great tolerance but are without foundations.
There is some very real history here, generating an obscure syncretistic dynamic; where imperial Catholicism meets the newly-monied mainlanders.
For example, an attempt to convert an avowed Catholic to socialism by claiming that Jesus was a socialist would constitute a syncretistic approach.
In addition, Dale's incorporation of photographs of architectural sites and copies of paintings from the Ottoman, Safavid, and Mughal courts gives the reader a sense of the aesthetic trends of the periods under consideration in the book, and highlights the courts' syncretistic approaches to the production of the image that their dynasties aspired to bequeath to later generations as a cultural and an artistic inheritance.
It is not comparative theology, either in the old style of the fulfillment theologies of a century ago or in the more hesitant fusions produced by the current comparative theologians that is in play but, rather, the syncretistic processes of, first, religious hybridity, in which new religious forms and identities emerge out of older and formerly distinct religious forms; and, second, of departicularization, in which once apparently immutable religious forms and identities morph into or are replaced by new hybrid identities and forms.
Christianity, in its syncretistic alliance with Greek philosophy, has imposed upon western consciousness a rational, orderly God.
Sometimes, too, the almost exclusive emphasis on Dillard's engagement with Christian theology obscures what could be regarded as a more eclectic if not syncretistic religious sensibility reflected in many of her writings.
37) Other movements, particularly those initiated in Africa, were initially dismissed by Western churches as hopelessly syncretistic because of their affinity with indigenous religions which were regarded as superstitions.