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 for syncretism
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Syncretism \Syn"cre*tism\, n. [Gr. ?, fr. ? to make two parties
     join against a third: cf. F. syncr['e]tisme.]
     1. Attempted union of principles or parties irreconcilably at
        variance with each other.
        [1913 Webster]
              He is plotting a carnal syncretism, and attempting
              the reconcilement of Christ and Belial. --Baxter.
        [1913 Webster]
              Syncretism is opposed to eclecticism in philosophy.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. (Philol.) The union or fusion into one of two or more
        originally different inflectional forms, as of two cases.
        [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: the union (or attempted fusion) of different systems of
           thought or belief (especially in religion or philosophy);
           "a syncretism of material and immaterial theories"
      2: the fusion of originally different inflected forms (resulting
         in a reduction in the use of inflections)

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  102 Moby Thesaurus words for "syncretism":
     Anschluss, addition, admixture, affiliation, agglomeration,
     aggregation, agreement, alliance, alloyage, amalgamation,
     assimilation, association, blend, blending, cabal, cartel,
     casualness, centralization, coalescence, coalition, combination,
     combine, combo, comminglement, commingling, commixture,
     composition, confederacy, confederation, congeries, conglomeration,
     conjugation, conjunction, consolidation, conspiracy,
     crudity of intellect, denominationalism, eclecticism, ecumenism,
     embodiment, encompassment, enosis, federalization, federation,
     fusion, hookup, immixture, imprudence, inclusion, incorporation,
     indiscreetness, indiscretion, indiscriminateness, indiscrimination,
     insensibility, insensitivity, integration, interfusion,
     interlarding, interlardment, interminglement, intermingling,
     intermixture, junction, junta, lack of feeling, lack of refinement,
     league, marriage, meld, melding, merger, mingling, mixing, mixture,
     package, package deal, partisanism, pluralism, promiscuity,
     promiscuousness, schismatism, sectarianism, sectarism,
     solidification, syndication, syneresis, synthesis, tactlessness,
     tie-up, uncriticalness, undiscriminatingness, undiscriminativeness,
     unfastidiousness, unification, union, unmeticulousness,
     unparticularness, unpreciseness, unselectiveness, untactfulness,

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