Definition of syncretism noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈsɪŋkrətɪzəm//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɪŋkrətɪzəm//
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  1. 1(specialist) the mixing of different religions, philosophies or ideas
  2. 2(linguistics) the mixing of different forms of the same word during the development of a language
  3. Word Originearly 17th cent.: from modern Latin syncretismus, from Greek sunkrētismos, from sunkrētizein ‘unite against a third party’, from sun- ‘together’ + krēs ‘Cretan’ (originally with reference to ancient Cretan communities).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: syncretism