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Sunday, December 10, 2006

Definitions for syncretic

  1. Uniting and blending together different systems, as of philosophy, morals, or religion.

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Citations for syncretic
Trinidad Carnival is a syncretic popular form, drawing on Christian tradition and pagan ritual, fused in the vortex of plantation society. Stuart Hall, The Guardian
In Cuba, the dominant religion is Santeria, a syncretic mix of Roman Catholicism and Yoruba deities. Steve Fainaru and Ray Sanchez, Boston Globe Magazine
Origin of syncretic
Syncretic is the adjective form of syncretism, from Greek synkretismos, "federation of Cretan cities," from sunkretizein, "to unite against a common enemy, in the manner of the Cretan cities," from syn-, "with, together" + Kres, Kret-, "Cretan."