quietism

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n quietism a form of religious mysticism requiring withdrawal from all human effort and passive contemplation of God
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Quietism Peace or tranquillity of mind; calmness; indifference; apathy; dispassion; indisturbance; inaction.
    • Quietism (Eccl. Hist) The system of the Quietists, who maintained that religion consists in the withdrawal of the mind from worldly interests and anxieties and its constant employment in the passive contemplation of God and his attributes.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n quietism That form of mysticism which consists in the entire abnegation of all active exercise of the will and a purely passive meditation on God and divine things as the highest spiritual exercise and the means of bringing the soul into immediate union with the Godhead. Conspicuous exponents of quietism were Molinos and Mme. Guyon, in the seventeenth century. See Molinist.
    • n quietism The state or quality of being quiet; quietness.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Quietism rest of the mind: mental tranquillity: apathy: the doctrine that religious perfection on earth consists in passive and uninterrupted contemplation of the Deity
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Quotations

  • George Orwell
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    “Progress and reaction have both turned out to be swindles. Seemingly, there is nothing left but quietism -- robbing reality of its terrors by simply submitting to it.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. quiétisme,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. quietusquiscĕre, to rest.

Usage

In literature:

And this system of female non-education or quietism still prevails.
"Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions (Illustrated)" by Edwin A. Abbot
Not to realise that, is the heresy of Quietism, of many mystics.
"God The Invisible King" by Herbert George Wells
We associate a certain quietism and passivity with the thought of the Eastern peoples.
"Pagan & Christian Creeds" by Edward Carpenter
With your quietism, one could live happily for a hundred years at least.
"Title: The Idiot" by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
He resisted as a temptation the philosophic quietism which had been his strength and his pride.
"Our Friend the Charlatan" by George Gissing
Schiller's worldly circumstances, too, were of a kind well calculated to prevent excess of quietism.
"The Life of Friedrich Schiller" by Thomas Carlyle
Their doctrine of "Quietism," or constant, pure love, was liable to create a schism.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Vol. 13" by Elbert Hubbard
There is no life, only a sterile quietism.
"An Interpretation of Friends Worship" by N. Jean Toomer
But, if politics lost by Godwin's quietism, literature gained.
"Shelley, Godwin and Their Circle" by H. N. Brailsford
But this political quietism was not universal.
"The History of Freedom" by John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
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