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EtymologyEdit

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

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  • IPA(key): /ˈsɪŋkɹəˌtɪsm/

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syncretism (countable and uncountable, plural syncretisms)

  1. The (attempted) reconciliation or fusion of different systems or beliefs.
  2. (linguistics) The fusion of different inflexional forms.

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