from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Reconciliation or fusion of differing systems of belief, as in philosophy or religion, especially when success is partial or the result is heterogeneous.
- n. Linguistics The merging of two or more originally different inflectional forms.
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- n. The reconciliation or fusion of different systems or beliefs (or the attempt at such fusion)
- n. The fusion of different inflexional forms
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Attempted union of principles or parties irreconcilably at variance with each other.
- n. The union or fusion into one of two or more originally different inflectional forms, as of two cases.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The attempted reconciliation or union of irreconcilable principles or parties, as in philosophy or religion; specifically, the doctrines of a certain school in the Lutheran Church, followers of Calixtus, who attempted to effect a union among all Christians, Protestant and Catholic. Sec syncretist.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the fusion of originally different inflected forms (resulting in a reduction in the use of inflections)
- n. the union (or attempted fusion) of different systems of thought or belief (especially in religion or philosophy)
Greek sunkrētismos, union, from sunkrētizein, to unite (in the manner of the Cretan cities) : sun-, syn- + Krēs, Krēt-, Cretan.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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”. (Wiktionary)