• WordNet 3.6
    • n syncretism the fusion of originally different inflected forms (resulting in a reduction in the use of inflections)
    • n syncretism the union (or attempted fusion) of different systems of thought or belief (especially in religion or philosophy) "a syncretism of material and immaterial theories"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Syncretism 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."
    • Syncretism (Philol) The union or fusion into one of two or more originally different inflectional forms, as of two cases.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n syncretism The attempted reconciliation or union of irreconcilable principles or parties, as in philosophy or religion; specifically, the doctrines of a certain school in the Lutheran Church, followers of Calixtus, who attempted to effect a union among all Christians, Protestant and Catholic. Sec syncretist. This word first passed into common use at the Reformation, and was then used indifferently, in both a good and a bad sense, to designate the attempted union of different sects on the basis of tenets common to all. It soon lost all but its contemptuous meaning, and became specifically restricted to the system of a school of thinkers within the Lutheran Church.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Syncretism sin′kre-tizm the attempted reconciliation of irreconcilable principles, theological compromise—between Catholics and Protestants, between Lutherans and Reformed
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. , fr. to make two parties join against a third: cf. F. syncrétisme,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. synkrētismossynkrētizein, to unite against.


In literature:

And it is here especially that we notice the syncretism which is peculiar to him.
"What is Property?" by P. J. Proudhon
There are many such imperfect syncretisms or eclecticisms in the history of philosophy.
"Sophist" by Plato
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 1, September 12, 1841" by Various
They attempted syncretism and succeeded in their scheme.
"The Religions of Japan" by William Elliot Griffis
It was an age of religious syncretism, of hospitality to diverse religious ideas, of the commingling of those ideas.
"Edward Caldwell Moore" by Edward Moore
Once more, syncretism came in as a mythopoeic influence.
"The Homeric Hymns A New Prose Translation; and Essays, Literary and Mythological" by Andrew Lang
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 1, Complete" by Various
His mysticism and syncretism were things that precisely Christianity cannot reproach him with.
"We Philologists, Volume 8 (of 18)" by Friedrich Nietzsche
But the syncretism of Tzschirner was equally difficult of accomplishment.
"History of Rationalism Embracing a Survey of the Present State of Protestant Theology" by John F. Hurst
I shall try to indicate briefly what their share in the pagan syncretism was.
"The Oriental Religions in Roman Paganism" by Franz Cumont

In news:

In the Republic of the Congo (Brazzaville), a syncretic religion has arisen around a cult of General Charles de Gaulle .
Easter is a Form of Religious Syncretism .