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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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In the often highly syncretistic culture of West Africa, it cross-pollinated with many features of Pentecostal Christianity that had proved so successful in Nigeria.
He proposes that the notion of a single syncretistic Siva-Buddha religion during this period is overstated.
The folding of time often produces ontological uncertainty in Mackey's writing, as characters and speakers move between worlds, at times accompanied by mythical or syncretistic companions.
34-37) and to historical studies of related syncretistic movements in early twentieth-century China, like the "New Religion to Save the World" established in 1919, and the now Taiwan-based religions of Daoyuan and Yiguandao.
Objective: The present research project aims at examining fresh material about the syncretistic tradition in the 15th and 16th centuries: it includes a wide range of theories by the so-called Christian Kabbalists about the different names of God and of Jesus in the context of Renaissance thought.
7) Worship of Dagan spread widely, and was adopted in some syncretistic form by a number of groups, including the Philistines.
Nissen understands John as responding to people influenced by a pre-Gnostic syncretistic religious feeling, and he shows how John takes up the concerns of his contemporaries and deliberately makes a portrait of Jesus that is attractive to readers in such a context.
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.
130), where 'written, aural, chanted, and performed Christian traditions in Latin lived side by side with syncretistic oral traditions' (p.
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.