[ kwahy-i-tiz-uhm ]
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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.

  1. mental or bodily repose or passivity.

Origin of quietism

First recorded in 1680–90, quietism is from the Italian word quietismo originally, prayer in a state of quietude. See quiet, -ism

Other words from quietism

  • qui·et·ist, noun, adjective
  • qui·et·is·tic, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for quietism


/ (ˈkwaɪəˌtɪzəm) /

  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

Derived forms of quietism

  • quietist, noun, adjective

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