[ sing-kri-tahyz, sin- ]
/ ˈsɪŋ krɪˌtaɪz, ˈsɪn- /

verb (used with or without object), syn·cre·tized, syn·cre·tiz·ing.

to attempt to combine or unite, as different or opposing principles, parties, etc.
Also especially British, syn·cre·tise.

Origin of syncretize

1665–75; < New Latin syncrētizāre < Greek synkrētízein to form a confederation, equivalent to syn- syn- + Krēt- (stem of Krḗs) a Cretan + -izein -ize; see syncretism Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for syncretize



/ (ˈsɪŋkrɪˌtaɪz) /


to combine or attempt to combine the characteristic teachings, beliefs, or practices of (differing systems of religion or philosophy)

Derived Forms

syncretization or syncretisation, noun
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