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Friday, October 1

Syncretize

[SING-krə-tiyz]

Part of speech: verb

Origin: Latin, 17th century

1.

[With object] attempt to amalgamate or reconcile (differing things, especially religious beliefs, cultural elements, or schools of thought).

Examples of Syncretize in a sentence

"The ESL teacher hoped to syncretize his students’ experiences so they could form bonds."

"Some people syncretize various parts of religions to create a unique belief system."

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About Syncretize

This word originates from the Latinized form of the Greek “synkretizein,” meaning “to combine against a common enemy.”

Did you Know?

Rome, one of the great powers of the ancient world, expertly syncretized features of other cultures to create one uniquely Roman one. For instance, the Romans incorporated aspects from several northern Mediterranean religions into their own gods. Latin utilizes Phoenician writing, Etruscan letters, and the Greek alphabet. Roman architecture often features Etruscan arches and Greek columns along with the Roman innovation of concrete.

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