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Its all Greek to me


syncretic\sin-KRET-ik\ characterized or brought about by a combination of different forms of belief or practice Syncretic has its roots in an ancient alliance. It's a descendant of the Greek word synkrētismos, meaning "federation of Cretan cities"—syn- means "together, with," and Krēt- means "Cretan." The adjective first appeared in English in the mid-19th century, and the related noun syncretism debuted over 200 years earlier. Syncretic retains the idea of coalition and appears in such contexts as "syncretic religions," "syncretic societies," and even "syncretic music," all describing things influenced by two or more styles or traditions. The word also has a specific application in linguistics, where it refers to a fusion of inflectional forms.


 Lions Share: The largest part of something. From the Aesop's fable in which the lion claimed all of the spoils instead of sharing with other animals who took part in the hunt. 

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