quietism

noun
qui·​et·​ism | \ ˈkwī-ə-ˌti-zəm How to pronounce quietism (audio) \

Definition of quietism

1a : 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b : a passive withdrawn attitude or policy toward the world or worldly affairs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

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Other Words from quietism

quietist \ ˈkwī-​ə-​tist How to pronounce quietism (audio) \ adjective or noun
quietistic \ ˌkwī-​ə-​ˈti-​stik How to pronounce quietism (audio) \ adjective

Examples of quietism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To their children, this position seems like unforgivable quietism and complacency. Jiayang Fan, The New Yorker, 9 Dec. 2019 What was an ultimately unsuccessful effort to draw the monkhood out of its political quietism swiftly mutated into an anti-progressive force, and continued to endure as a dark cloud over the region’s politics in subsequent decades. Amar Diwakar, The New Republic, 23 Mar. 2018 What was an ultimately unsuccessful effort to draw the monkhood out of its political quietism swiftly mutated into an anti-progressive force, and continued to endure as a dark cloud over the region’s politics in subsequent decades. Amar Diwakar, The New Republic, 23 Mar. 2018 To acknowledge this fact is not to call for quietism. Jacob Brogan, Slate Magazine, 27 Mar. 2017 The piece predicts that political quietism, wars, pandemics, and fossil-fuel stubbornness will lead to civilizational collapse and a long dark age. Joey Eschrich, Slate Magazine, 20 Sep. 2017 Diana was more aggressive, the clamorous defender of quietism. Tobi Haslett, The New Yorker, 29 May 2017

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First Known Use of quietism

1687, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for quietism

quiet entry 1 + -ism, after quietist "practitioner of quietism," probably borrowed from Italian quietista, from quiete quiet entry 1 + -ista -ist entry 1 (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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“Quietism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quietism. Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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