[ sin-kret-ik ]
/ sɪnˈkrɛt ɪk /
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combining or bringing together different philosophical, religious, or cultural principles and practices:The Afro-Brazilian religion is syncretic, mingling the pantheon, practices, and beliefs brought to South America by enslaved Yorubans with the Catholicism of colonial European culture.Exceptional syncretic murals can be found at the site, the work of Indigenous artists who struggled with and adapted unfamiliar European subject matter after the Spanish Conquest.
Grammar. relating to or describing the merging of two or more inflectional categories into one: When word forms in a paradigm are syncretic, they can result in grammatical ambiguity because one form can have multiple functions.
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Also syn·cre·tis·tic [sing-kri-tis-tik, sin-] /ˌsɪŋ krɪˈtɪs tɪk, ˌsɪn-/ . Rarely syn·cret·ic·al [sin-kret-ik-uhl] /sɪnˈkrɛt ɪk əl/ .
Origin of syncretic
Words nearby syncretic
Syncom, syncopate, syncopated, syncopation, syncope, syncretic, syncretism, syncretize, syncrisis, syncytium, synd.
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How to use syncretic in a sentence
In the syncretic phase of human practice, the relation was based on identity.The Civilization of Illiteracy|Mihai Nadin
The Syncretic march of mind rectifies the above error—with them, weakness is strength.
One obvious method of reconciling various tribal Gods in a syncretic Olympus, is the genealogical.The Homeric Hymns|Andrew Lang
It was this syncretic religion that came to Rome after having enjoyed popularity in the eastern Mediterranean.
Moreover, the syncretic tendencies of Egypt responded admirably to those that began to obtain at Rome.