Definition of synchronicity in English:



  • 1The simultaneous occurrence of events which appear significantly related but have no discernible causal connection.

    ‘such synchronicity is quite staggering’
    • ‘They're all engineered by your guides, and are often seen as coincidental events, or synchronicity.’
    • ‘This is the sort of event which Jung meant by synchronicity, a meaningful coincidence which thumbs its nose at linear causality.’
    • ‘Jung's three definitions of synchronicity all involve an affective and psychic component, an uncanny sense of the meaningfulness of an event.’
    • ‘By playing with time and synchronicity, repeating events, thoughts, brief moments and experiences, even to the point of monotony, Traynor questions how this would change our perceptions of them.’
    • ‘Usually, the emphasis is placed on the first type of synchronicity, as it appears to be subjected to greater degree of randomness than the second one.’
    • ‘In addition to believing in a number of occult and paranormal notions, Jung contributed two new ones: synchronicity and the collective unconscious.’
    • ‘Call it coincidence, synchronicity, gestalt or just Reading Too Much Into Things, but I love it when this happens.’
    • ‘This created, as Miss Fonda puts it, ‘the most shocking synchronicity between real life catastrophe and movie fiction ever to have occurred’.’
    • ‘Alert people scan their environment continually for patterns, opportunities, and synchronicity.’
    • ‘‘We're not aware enough of the connectivity and synchronicity and meaningfulness of everything that happens in the universe,’ she explains.’
    • ‘What follows shows the synchronicity of ideas and events around the year 1884, from which some conclusions are drawn.’
    • ‘As you open your mind, both synchronicity and serendipity (the silly side of coincidence) occur.’
    • ‘It felt like an instance of synchronicity - I started noticing Sutherland's work about 18 months ago and have become increasingly intrigued by him.’
    • ‘Chance and indeterminancy as applied to storytelling, especially where synchronicity is concerned is a bit of a fascination of mine.’
    • ‘For example, first I would talk about synchronicity and uncanny coincidence and tell her little anecdotes about that from my life.’
    • ‘My own speculation is that it works by creating synchronicity (meaningful coincidence).’
    • ‘Has anyone else noticed an increase in synchronicity in the last while?’
    • ‘He described synchronicity as an acausal principle that links events having a similar meaning by their coincidence in time.’
    • ‘But in addition to these, what is more remarkable is the apparent synchronicity of policies and processes across the region, despite very differing social and political pressures.’
  • 2

    another term for synchrony (sense 1)

    ‘Occasionally, inspired moments found synchronicity between performers and video, such as the opening segment in which dancers on the floor looked like they were scaling projected words on the screen.’
    • ‘In a stunning coincidence of historical synchronicity, today is also the anniversary of the start of World War I.’
    • ‘As the show progresses, one starts to get the feeling the lightning is happening in synchronicity with the music.’
    • ‘With 45 ballerinas on the stage, even the wobbles and occasional lapses in synchronicity cannot detract from the spectacle.’
    • ‘At one point three of these ships moved in perfect synchronicity and converged in a triangle, incredibly at that time, there were a total of 61 starships in and over the area clearly in view.’
    • ‘To achieve cogency and synchronicity of the outcome of these different teams it is necessary to use two management techniques - programme management and project management.’
    • ‘It was a turning point for cinema taste in Paraguay in synchronicity with a change in Latin American film production.’
    • ‘Hergenrother said the breakdancers were judged on synchronicity, choreography and stage presence.’
    • ‘It was more about the connection, the synchronicity, the understanding of the others needs, that would enable both people to enjoy themselves equally.’
    • ‘Having 7 or 8 different designs encouraged people to seek out the whole set, and added a level of synchronicity to the experience.’
    • ‘All I can say is, this is yet another cool synchronicity that's happened to me in the past few weeks.’
    • ‘Here the dream, the dreamwork and the outer events coincided in a magical synchronicity where control was shared in a dance between the players and the greater purpose of the moment.’
    • ‘In a rare outbreak of synchronicity, what the world leaders will be discussing inside their Gleneagles fortress is exactly what people will be talking and protesting about in Edinburgh.’
    • ‘24's gimmick, and it is a gimmick rather than a specific innovation, is the realtime/screentime synchronicity.’
    • ‘A year on and their comic timing and physical synchronicity is actually starting to get a little creepy.’
    • ‘They controlled the race from the start and in a display of perfect synchronicity France's Sebastien Vielledent and Adrien Hardy signaled that they are back.’
    • ‘If this is the case they are in luck because in a rare moment of synchronicity with their governing body the clubs also appear to think that this issue needs to be resolved one way or another.’
    • ‘This is independent supporting evidence consistent with the global synchronicity of these glacial events.’



/ˌsiNGkrəˈnisədē/ /ˌsɪŋkrəˈnɪsədi/


1950s coined (in sense 1) by C. G. Jung.