syncretism

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

Definition of syncretism

  1. 1 :  the combination of different forms of belief or practice

  2. 2 :  the fusion of two or more originally different inflectional forms

syncretist

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syncretistic

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

Origin and Etymology of syncretism

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


First Known Use: 1618

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