[sin-er-jiz-uh m, si-nur-jiz-]


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 < Greek synerg(ós) ‘working together’ (syn- syn- + érg(on) work + -os adj. suffix) + New Latin -ismus -ism Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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
another name for synergy (def. 1)
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

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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