[ sing-kruh-niz-uhm ]
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  1. coincidence in time; contemporaneousness; simultaneousness.

  2. the arrangement or treatment of synchronous things or events in conjunction, as in a history.

  1. a tabular arrangement of historical events or personages, grouped according to their dates.

  2. Physics, Electricity. the state of being synchronous.

  3. Psychoanalysis. the simultaneous occurrence of causally unrelated events and the belief that the simultaneity has meaning beyond mere coincidence.

Origin of synchronism

1580–90; <Medieval Latin synchronismus<Greek synchronismós, equivalent to sýnchron(os) synchronous + -ismos-ism
  • Also syn·chro·nic·i·ty [sing-kruh-nis-i-tee] /ˌsɪŋ krəˈnɪs ɪ ti/ (for defs. 1, 4, 5) .

Other words from synchronism

  • syn·chro·nis·tic, syn·chro·nis·ti·cal, adjective
  • syn·chro·nis·ti·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

British Dictionary definitions for synchronism


/ (ˈsɪŋkrəˌnɪzəm) /

  1. the quality or condition of being synchronous

  2. a chronological usually tabular list of historical persons and events, arranged to show parallel or synchronous occurrence

  1. the representation in a work of art of one or more incidents that occurred at separate times

Origin of synchronism

C16: from Greek sunkhronismos; see synchronous, -ism

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