syncretism

noun syn·cre·tism \ ˈsiŋ-krə-ˌti-zəm , ˈsin- \

Definition of syncretism

1 : the combination of different forms of belief or practice
2 : the fusion of two or more originally different inflectional forms

syncretist

play \-tist\ noun or adjective

syncretistic

play \ˌsiŋ-krə-ˈtis-tik, ˌsin-\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of syncretism

New Latin syncretismus, from Greek synkrētismos federation of Cretan cities, from syn- + Krēt-, Krēs Cretan

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