syncretism

noun
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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from syncretism

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

Examples of syncretism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An esoteric poet and believer of mystic spiritualism and religious syncretism, the eccentric Ms. Murillo always wears a multitude of turquoise rings. Juan Montes, WSJ, "Nicaragua’s Political Crisis Descends Into ‘Dark Days’," 6 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'syncretism.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about syncretism

Time Traveler for syncretism

Time Traveler

The first known use of syncretism was in 1618

See more words from the same year

Listen to Our Podcast about syncretism

Statistics for syncretism

Cite this Entry

“Syncretism.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/syncretism?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=s&file=syncre02. Accessed 14 December 2019.

More from Merriam-Webster on syncretism

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with syncretism

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about syncretism

Comments on syncretism

What made you want to look up syncretism? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to assail by words or arguments

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Great Scrabble Words—A Quiz

  • scrabble tiles that read scrabble quiz
  • Which of the following Q-without-U words means the number five in cards or dice?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!