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[kwahy-i-tiz-uh m] /ˈkwaɪ ɪˌtɪz əm/
a form of religious mysticism taught by Molinos, a Spanish priest, in the latter part of the 17th century, requiring extinction of the will, withdrawal from worldly interests, and passive meditation on God and divine things; Molinism.
some similar form of religious mysticism.
mental or bodily repose or passivity.
Origin of quietism
First recorded in 1680-90, quietism is from the Italian word quietismo orig., prayer in a state of quietude. See quiet2, -ism
Related forms
quietist, noun, adjective
quietistic, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for quietism
Historical Examples
  • But, if politics lost by Godwin's quietism, literature gained.

  • And this system of female non-education or quietism still prevails.

    Flatland Edwin Abbott Abbott
  • Together they worked for God and for what they believed to be his cause quietism.

    Women of the Teutonic Nations Hermann Schoenfeld
  • Even for the souls of the ‘deified,’ quietism is never right.

    Ruysbroeck Evelyn Underhill
  • In 1698, a vicar in the neighbourhood of Dijon had been burnt for quietism.

  • Thus in his art he aimed at repose, the quietism of the Buddhists.

    Paul Gauguin, His Life and Art John Gould Fletcher
  • But Brissenden was not a disciple of quietism, and he changed his attitude abruptly.

    Martin Eden Jack London
  • Not to realise that, is the heresy of quietism, of many mystics.

    God The Invisible King Herbert George Wells
  • These were the rival books in a controversy about what was called “quietism.”

    The Existence of God Francois de Salignac de La Mothe- Fenelon
  • Schiller's worldly circumstances, too, were of a kind well calculated to prevent excess of quietism.

British Dictionary definitions for quietism


a form of religious mysticism originating in Spain in the late 17th century, requiring withdrawal of the spirit from all human effort and complete passivity to God's will
a state of passivity and calmness of mind towards external events
Derived Forms
quietist, noun, adjective
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Word Origin and History for quietism

1680s, from Italian quietismo, literally "passiveness," from quieto "calm, at rest," from Latin quietus (see quiet (adj.)). Originally in reference to the mysticism of Miguel Molinos (1640-1697), Spanish priest in Rome, whose "Guida spirituale" was published 1675 and condemned by the Inquisition in 1685. Related: Quietist.

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