synderesis

noun
syn·​de·​re·​sis | \ ˌsindəˈrēsə̇s\
variants: or synteresis \ -​ntə-​ \
plural -es

Definition of synderesis

1 : inborn knowledge of the primary principles of moral action distinguished from syneidesis
2 : the essence, ground, or center of the soul that enters into communion with God : the spark or emanation of divinity in the soul

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

History and Etymology for synderesis

Medieval Latin, from Greek syntērēsis preservation, from syntērein to preserve (from syn- + tērein to guard, observe) + -sis; akin to Greek tinein to pay

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on synderesis

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

WORD OF THE DAY

one that collects or salvages junk

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Time Traveler Quiz: Which Word Came First?

  • time traveler quiz which word came first
  • Which came first?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

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!