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Definition of "quietism" []

  • A form of Christian mysticism enjoining passive contemplation and the beatific annihilation of the will. (noun)
  • A state of quietness and passivity. (noun)
  • A form of religious mysticism originating in Spain in the late 17th century, requiring withdrawal of the spirit from all human effort and complete passivity to God's will (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • A state of passivity and calmness of mind towards external events (noun)

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Use "quietism" in a sentence
  • "But progress, not quietism, is the principle which governs humanity and it is favoured by events of most different nature."
  • "In all the dispute on what is called quietism, there has been nothing good but the old tale revived of the honest woman who brought a torch to burn paradise, and a cruse of water to extinguish the fire of hell, that God should no longer be served either through hope or fear."
  • "Staying quiet in the face of political strife is the reigning philosophy in Najaf and is known as quietism, or taquia, in Arabic."