syn·​cre·​tism | \ ˈsiŋ-krə-ˌti-zəm How to pronounce syncretism (audio) , 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

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Other Words from syncretism

syncretist \ ˈsiŋ-​krə-​tist How to pronounce syncretism (audio) , ˈsin-​ \ noun or adjective
syncretistic \ ˌsiŋ-​krə-​ˈti-​stik How to pronounce syncretism (audio) , ˌsin-​ \ adjective

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Recent Examples on the Web They can be found in everything from African Traditional Religions and their descendants, such as Ifa and Black American Hoodoo, to the cultural syncretism embedded in Black expressions of Abrahamic religions. Shamira Ibrahi, Allure, 17 Sep. 2021 In addition to honoring her ancestors, Rodriguez loves that syncretism is a tradition that unites Black people of different nationalities. Sarah Molano, CNN, 26 Aug. 2021 Then the British arrived, with their sweet tooths and their orchard-fruit confitures, and an interesting, world-spanning syncretism arose. Kwame Anthony Appiah, New York Times, 17 Aug. 2021 The lines between syncretism and appropriation were often fuzzy. Casey Cep, The New Yorker, 24 May 2021 In this kind of storytelling, there’s a beautiful syncretism. Robin Sloan, The Atlantic, 14 May 2020 Worth pursuing instead is a kind of syncretism in food — where all relevant voices shine forth equally and truthfully. TheWeek, 8 Mar. 2020 Others are seeking the same kind of supernatural protection Martins once found in Afro-Brazilian syncretism. Alex Cuadros, Harper's magazine, 20 Jan. 2020 For centuries, Catholicism was Brazil’s official religion, but the Church tolerated a popular form of syncretism born when enslaved Africans disguised their deities as Christian saints. Alex Cuadros, Harper's magazine, 20 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of syncretism

1618, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for syncretism

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

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“Syncretism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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