synchronism

[ sing-kruh-niz-uh m ]
/ ˈsɪŋ krəˌnɪz əm /

noun

coincidence in time; contemporaneousness; simultaneousness.
the arrangement or treatment of synchronous things or events in conjunction, as in a history.
a tabular arrangement of historical events or personages, grouped according to their dates.
Physics, Electricity. the state of being synchronous.
Psychoanalysis. the simultaneous occurrence of causally unrelated events and the belief that the simultaneity has meaning beyond mere coincidence.

Nearby words

  1. synchroneity,
  2. synchronia,
  3. synchronic,
  4. synchronic study,
  5. synchronicity,
  6. synchronistic,
  7. synchronize,
  8. synchronized shifting,
  9. synchronized skating,
  10. synchronized swimming

Also syn·chro·nic·i·ty [sing-kruh-nis-i-tee] /ˌsɪŋ krəˈnɪs ɪ ti/ (for defs 1, 4, 5).

Origin of synchronism

1580–90; < Medieval Latin synchronismus < Greek synchronismós, equivalent to sýnchron(os) synchronous + -ismos -ism

Related formssyn·chro·nis·tic, syn·chro·nis·ti·cal, adjectivesyn·chro·nis·ti·cal·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for synchronicity

synchronicity

/ (ˌsɪnkrəˈnɪsɪtɪ) /

noun

an apparently meaningful coincidence in time of two or more similar or identical events that are causally unrelated

Word Origin for synchronicity

C20: coined by Carl Jung from synchronic + -ity

synchronism

/ (ˈsɪŋkrəˌnɪzəm) /

noun

the quality or condition of being synchronous
a chronological usually tabular list of historical persons and events, arranged to show parallel or synchronous occurrence
the representation in a work of art of one or more incidents that occurred at separate times

Word Origin for synchronism

C16: from Greek sunkhronismos; see synchronous, -ism

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Word Origin and History for synchronicity
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Medicine definitions for synchronicity

synchronism

[ sĭngkrə-nĭz′əm, sĭn- ]

n.

Coincidence in time; simultaneousness.synchronia

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