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Syncretism  n.  
Attempted union of principles or parties irreconcilably at variance with each other. "He is plotting a carnal syncretism, and attempting the reconcilement of Christ and Belial." "Syncretism is opposed to eclecticism in philosophy."
(Philol.) The union or fusion into one of two or more originally different inflectional forms, as of two cases.

Collaborative International Dictionary of English 0.48

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"Syncretism" Quotes from Famous Books

... angelic shapes of south Italy are concerned, the influence of the Renaissance has been wholly malefic. Aliens to the soil, they were at first quite unknown—not one is pictured in the Neapolitan catacombs. Next came the brief period of their artistic glory; then the syncretism of the Renaissance, when these winged messengers were amalgamated with pagan amoretti and began to flutter in foolish baroque fashion about the Queen of Heaven, after the pattern of the disreputable little genii attendant upon a Venus of a bad school. That ...
— Old Calabria • Norman Douglas

... to the ease with which the Oriental cults accepted the situation. Still inspired by the instinct which nine hundred years before had made their prophets fight against syncretism, the Jews resolutely refused to come to terms with heathen religions. Some, indeed, accepted the Greek philosophy, as the writings of Philo and the Wisdom Literature show; but with the cults or with the mythology of the heathen no ...
— Landmarks in the History of Early Christianity • Kirsopp Lake

... Thought is hospitable to truth from whatever source derived. It is particularly hospitable to the suggestions of oriental religions and, as far as it has taken form as a distinct religious movement, it is becoming more and more markedly a kind of syncretism, a putting together of religious elements drawn from widely universal sources and it patently seeks nothing less than a universal religious fellowship in which the values of all true faith are recognized ...
— Modern Religious Cults and Movements • Gaius Glenn Atkins

... public part. The speaking devolved first on Probst Lilius, but soon afterwards, and for the remainder of the meetings, on Archdeacon Reinhardt. Gerhardt wrote a judgment unfavourable to the conferences, because he thought nothing but syncretism would come out of it—i.e., the confusion of the two confessions, into which the Rinteln theologians had permitted themselves to be seduced. By his votes he evinced his ...
— Paul Gerhardt's Spiritual Songs - Translated by John Kelly • Paul Gerhardt

Words linked to "Syncretism" :   syncretize, syncretistical, union, syncretical, syncretic

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