eclec·​ti·​cism i-ˈklek-tə-ˌsi-zəm How to pronounce eclecticism (audio)
: the theory or practice of an eclectic method

Examples of eclecticism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Palazzo Venezia was built as an insurance company headquarters from 1897 to 1901, back when eclecticism was the architectural style of the day. Wire Service, The Mercury News, 5 Jan. 2024 The songs endure: a layered, sonic eclecticism often powers a Madonna hit. Michelle Orange, The New Yorker, 9 Oct. 2023 But the eclecticism rests on a solid foundation of international law. Julian Lucas, The New Yorker, 2 Mar. 2024 Their fans appreciate the continuity of style as well as the eclecticism that these designers offer. Elaine Markoutsas, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 With its hard-to-miss spiral motif at Sixth and College, Cosmos is a study in eclecticism: an airy, open room downstairs with a circular bar, an art gallery, an upstairs cigar lounge and balcony for dining, and a menu that runs from sushi to tapas. Melissa Oyler, Charlotte Observer, 13 Feb. 2024 By then, admiration for Bernstein's eclecticism had bloomed. Scott Hocker, theweek, 5 Jan. 2024 Yet others at the label were put off by her eclecticism. Luis Melgar, Washington Post, 8 Dec. 2023 Shakur eventually befriended members of Digital Underground, an Oakland hip-hop group that took inspiration from the energy and the eclecticism of seventies funk. Hua Hsu, The New Yorker, 23 Oct. 2023

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Word History


eclectic entry 1 + -ism

First Known Use

1798, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of eclecticism was in 1798

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“Eclecticism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition


eclec·​ti·​cism -ˈklek-tə-ˌsiz-əm How to pronounce eclecticism (audio)
: a theory or practice (as of medicine or psychotherapy) that combines doctrines or methods (as therapeutic procedures) from diverse sources
: a system of medicine once popular in the United States that depended on plant remedies

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