syn·cre·tism (sĭngkrĭ-tĭz′əm, sĭn-)
1. Reconciliation or fusion of differing systems of belief, as in philosophy or religion, especially when success is partial or the result is heterogeneous.
2. Linguistics The merging of two or more originally different inflectional forms.
[Greek sunkrētismos, union, from sunkrētizein, to unite (in the manner of the Cretan cities) : sun-, syn- + Krēs, Krēt-, Cretan.]
syn·cretic (-krĕtĭk), syn′cre·tistic (-krĭ-tĭstĭk) adj.
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