quietism

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noun qui·et·ism \ ˈkwī-ə-ˌti-zəm \

Definition of quietism

1 a :a system of religious mysticism teaching that perfection and spiritual peace are attained by annihilation of the will and passive absorption in contemplation of God and divine things
b :a passive withdrawn attitude or policy toward the world or worldly affairs
2 :a state of calmness or passivity

quietist

play \ˈkwī-ə-tist\ adjective or noun

quietistic

play \ˌkwī-ə-ˈti-stik\ adjective

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