synergism [ sin-er-jiz- uh m, si- nur-jiz-] noun . Biochemistry, Pharmacology the joint action of agents, as drugs, that when taken together increase each other's effectiveness (contrasted with antagonism). . Theology the doctrine that the human will cooperates with the Holy Ghost in the work of regeneration. Compare monergism. Origin of synergism 1755–65;
New Latin synergismus
) ‘working together’ (
adj. suffix) +
New Latin -ismus -ism
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Related Words for synergism teamwork
confederation Examples from the Web for synergism Historical Examples of synergism British Dictionary definitions for synergism noun Also called: synergy the working together of two or more drugs, muscles, etc, to produce an effect greater than the sum of their individual effects Christian theol the doctrine or belief that the human will cooperates with the Holy Spirit and with divine grace, esp in the act of conversion or regeneration Word Origin for synergism
C18: from New Latin
synergismus, from Greek sunergos, from syn- + ergon work
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Word Origin and History for synergism n.
1650s, "theological doctrine that human will cooperates with divine grace in regeneration," from Modern Latin
synergismus, from Greek synergos "working together" (see synergy). Used in a broader (non-theological) sense by 1925.
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