eclec·​ti·​cism | \ i-ˈklek-tə-ˌsi-zəm How to pronounce eclecticism (audio) , e- \

Definition of eclecticism

: the theory or practice of an eclectic method

Examples of eclecticism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His eclecticism confounds the culture of surfing not just locally but globally. William Finnegan, The New Yorker, 23 May 2022 The band’s eclecticism was sophisticated, and its cool modernism would inspire new wave bands such as Talking Heads and the Cars in the late 1970s and groups in the 1980s, including Duran Duran and the Smiths. Marc Myers, WSJ, 14 June 2022 It’s a mode of have-it-all eclecticism that is frequently redolent of the wishful artists’ statements that art schools require their students to write—a godforsaken prose genre that is, at best, wholesomely cynical. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, 6 June 2022 Telluria, in its formal eclecticism and beautiful strangeness, reads like a microcosm of Sorokin’s chaotic and genre-spanning career. Jennifer Wilson, Harper’s Magazine , 25 May 2022 Even in the wake of a pandemic, this summer brings striking examples of the theater field’s breadth, depth and glorious eclecticism. Celia Wren, Washington Post, 2 June 2022 And there's no better playground for experimentation and eclecticism than Coachella. Crystal Bell, Glamour, 27 Apr. 2022 Skirts, pearls, and an insouciant eclecticism are emerging as defining trends for all genders at the fall 2021 collections. Steff Yotka, Vogue, 25 Feb. 2021 Apfel, a former interior designer who rose to fame late in life after decorating the White House under various administrations with her husband, liked the idea of bringing her signature eclecticism to a wider audience. Vogue, 14 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of eclecticism

1798, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for eclecticism

eclectic entry 1 + -ism

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“Eclecticism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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Medical Definition of eclecticism

1 : a theory or practice (as of medicine or psychotherapy) that combines doctrines or methods (as therapeutic procedures) from diverse sources
2 : a system of medicine once popular in the United States that depended on plant remedies

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