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[kwahy-i-tiz-uh m]
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  1. 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.
  2. some similar form of religious mysticism.
  3. mental or bodily repose or passivity.
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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 formsqui·et·ist, noun, adjectivequi·et·is·tic, adjective
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Related Words for quietism

pietism, spiritualism, cabalism, cabala, quietism, kabala, cabbalism, ontologism, orphism

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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.


    Edwin Abbott Abbott

  • Together they worked for God and for what they believed to be his cause Quietism.

  • Even for the souls of the ‘deified,’ quietism is never right.


    Evelyn Underhill

  • In 1698, a vicar in the neighbourhood of Dijon had been burnt for Quietism.

British Dictionary definitions for quietism


  1. 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
  2. a state of passivity and calmness of mind towards external events
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Derived Formsquietist, 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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