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1. A form of Christian mysticism enjoining passive contemplation and the beatific annihilation of the will.
2. A state of quietness and passivity.

qui′et·ist n.
qui′et·is′tic adj.
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of, pertaining to, or characteristic of quietism
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He nevertheless makes a strong argument that "in DA:I, both the unrestrained search for knowledge and quietistic belief, both individual and collective pride are destructive" (210).
This feature of quietistic models suggests a distinctive problem.
less bombastic and more than a touch of quietistic augustness.
Shariati criticized the conservative, quietistic tradition of Islam and offered a social revolutionary re-interpretation of Islamic history.
Using two tales--"The Christmas Banquet" and "The Snow-Image"--as well as the manuscripts of Septimus Felton and Septimus Norton, Mastroianni ultimately demonstrates that "Hawthorne's dense weave of figures of secrecy and temperature persistently raise questions about how, and even whether, it is possible to help another person" and asserts that "the view of [Hawthorne's] fiction as politically conservative or quietistic" fails to recognize the complexity of Hawthorne's epistemology (86).
I was always searching out dismal places and sitting there as if I was dead." He found a different method of meditation, one that included a "relative samadhi" because it was carried out "actively." Hakuin cites Zen Master Ta-hui who thought that "meditation in the midst of activity is immeasurably superior to the quietistic approach" (Zen 33) and he points to a series of busy people engaged in the most "worldly" activities of the courts: "In their performance of the Way each of these excelled those who meditate under the trees [in calm]..., [for] they have never for one instant interrupted their performance of the Way [during their public business]" (Embossed 79-80).
Stilwell's conception of pluralism is in this sense not one of autarkic paradigms lying side-by-side in quietistic contemplation.
To solve the braided problems of ''a proconsular presidency or a quietistic Congress,'' Weiner advocates congressional term limits:
Japan went from isolationism to openness and Westernization to fanatical nationalist militarism to quietistic consumerism and democracy, all within a century, without ever ceasing to be highly conformist, shame-based, and ethnocentric.
(18) I imagine my analysis could be received as politically quietistic. In the narrow sense of the term political, this is accurate enough.
(42) The quietistic movement of the Messallians arose in Syria and soon spread in Asia Minor.