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syncretism

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Wikipedia Word definitions in Wikipedia
In linguistics , syncretism exists when distinct morphological forms of a word are identical in form. This phenomenon is typical of fusional languages . For example, in English , the nominative and accusative forms of you are the same, whereas he / him ...

WordNet Word definitions in WordNet
n. the union (or attempted fusion) of different systems of thought or belief (especially in religion or philosophy); "a syncretism of material and immaterial theories" the fusion of originally different inflected forms (resulting in a reduction in the use ...

The Collaborative International Dictionary Word definitions in The Collaborative International Dictionary
Syncretism \Syn"cre*tism\, n. [Gr. ?, fr. ? to make two parties join against a third: cf. F. syncr['e]tisme.] Attempted union of principles or parties irreconcilably at variance with each other. He is plotting a carnal syncretism, and attempting the ...

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary Word definitions in Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
"reconciliation of different beliefs," 1610s, from French syncrétisme (17c.) and directly from Modern Latin syncretismus (used by German Protestant theologian David Pareus, 1615), from Greek synkretismos "union of communities," from synkretizein "to combine ...

Wiktionary Word definitions in Wiktionary
n. 1 The reconciliation or fusion of different systems or beliefs (or the attempt at such fusion). 2 (context linguistics English) The fusion of different inflexional forms.

Usage examples of syncretism.

Wherever traditional religions are united under the badge of philosophy a conservative syncretism is the result, because the allegoric method, that is, the criticism of all religion, veiled and unconscious of itself, is able to blast rocks and bridge over abysses.

In some passages the Christianity of the Homilies really looks like a syncretism composed of the common Christianity, the Jewish Christianity, Gnosticism, and the criticism of Apelles.

The movement toward religious syncretism of which Bahaism is just now the expression will not be so easy to dispose of.

Modernity's necessary differentiation of the subject from an unreflexive immersion in magico-mythic syncretism must therefore actually be an unresolved birth trauma that is primarily alienating.