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syncretism

syn·cre·tism

syncretism

 
pronunciation:
sIng kr tih zm
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: an attempted combination or reconciliation of opposing principles, beliefs, or practices, esp. in religion or philosophy.
definition 2: in linguistics, a merging of two different inflectional forms, or the resulting form.
derivations: syncretic (adj.), syncretistic (adj.), syncretist (n.)
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The word syncretism contains the following part:
syn- Greek prefix that means with, together with
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The prefix "syn- " occurs in Greek loanwords and attaches to Greek roots. It has several forms, as the final "n" sound in "syn- " assimilates to the initial sound of the base to which it is attached. See its assimilated forms sym-, syl-, and sys-.
synonyms:
com-