from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To reconcile and unite (differing religious beliefs, for example), especially with partial success or a heterogeneous result.
  • intransitive v. To combine differing elements or beliefs, especially with partial success or a heterogeneous result.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. to combine different elements, or to unite or reconcile different beliefs
  • v. to merge different inflexional forms

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To effect or attempt syncretism; blend; unite: as, to syncretize religious systems. Also spelled syncretise.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. unite (beliefs or conflicting principles)
  • v. become fused


Greek sunkrētizein, to unite against a common enemy; see syncretism.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


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