syncretism

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Etymology[edit]

Latin syncretismus, from Ancient Greek συγκρητισμός (synkrētismos, federation of Cretan cities), from συγκρητίζω (synkrētizō, to unite against a common enemy), from σύν (syn, together) (English syn-) + Κρῆτες (Krētes, Cretans) (English Cretans). Surface analysis is syn- +‎ Crete +‎ -ism “Crete joining together”.

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  • IPA(key): /ˈsɪŋkɹəˌtɪsm/

Noun[edit]

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syncretism (plural syncretisms)

  1. The reconciliation or fusion of different systems or beliefs (or the attempt at such fusion).
  2. (linguistics) The fusion of different inflexional forms.

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