syncretism

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Syncretism \Syn"cre*tism\, noun [Gr. ?, fr. ? to make two parties join against a third: cf. F. syncr['e]tisme.]

1. Attempted union of principles or parties irreconcilably at variance with each other.

He is plotting a carnal syncretism, and attempting the reconcilement of Christ and Belial. --Baxter.

Syncretism is opposed to eclecticism in philosophy. --Krauth-Fleming.

2. (Philol.) The union or fusion into one of two or more originally different inflectional forms, as of two cases. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

syncretism

noun

1: the union (or attempted fusion) of different systems of thought or belief (especially in religion or philosophy); "a syncretism of material and immaterial theories"

2: the fusion of originally different inflected forms (resulting in a reduction in the use of inflections)


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