Wednesday, July 23, 2003
syncretic adjective [sin-KRET-ik; sing-] Uniting and blending together different systems, as of philosophy, morals, or religion.
Definitions for syncretic
- Uniting and blending together different systems, as of philosophy, morals, or religion.
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Citations for syncretic
Trinidad Carnival is a syncretic popular form, drawing on Christian tradition and pagan ritual, fused in the vortex of plantation society.
In Cuba, the dominant religion is Santeria, a syncretic mix of Roman Catholicism and Yoruba deities.
Origin of syncretic
Syncretic is the adjective form of syncretism, from Greek synkretismos, "federation of Cretan cities," from sunkretizein, "to unite against a common enemy, in the manner of the Cretan cities," from syn-, "with, together" + Kres, Kret-, "Cretan."