quietism

noun qui·et·ism \ ˈkwī-ə-ˌti-zəm \
Updated on: 7 Apr 2018

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b : a passive withdrawn attitude or policy toward the world or worldly affairs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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Origin and Etymology of quietism

1quiet + -ism, after quietist "practitioner of quietism," probably borrowed from Italian quietista, from quiete 1quiet + -ista 1-ist (perhaps after Spanish oración de quietud, literally, "prayer of quiet," phrase used by the mystics Teresa of Avila and John of the Cross)


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