- 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
Related Words for quietismpietism, spiritualism, cabalism, cabala, quietism, kabala, cabbalism, ontologism, orphism
Examples from the Web for quietism
Historical Examples of quietism
But, if politics lost by Godwin's quietism, literature gained.Shelley, Godwin and Their Circle
H. N. Brailsford
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
Even for the souls of the ‘deified,’ quietism is never right.Ruysbroeck
In 1698, a vicar in the neighbourhood of Dijon had been burnt for Quietism.La Sorcire: The Witch of the Middle Ages
- 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
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.