[sing-kri-tahyz, sin-]

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




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