eclec·ti·cism | \i-ˈklek-tə-ˌsi-zəm, e-\

Definition of eclecticism 

: the theory or practice of an eclectic method

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While hailing from different countries and different scenes -- Gou from South Korea and Jack from Scotland -- both artists have come to be defined by their uncompromising commitment to eclecticism in the DJ booth. Michael Sundius, Billboard, "Peggy Gou & Jackmaster on the Art of Eclecticism: Exclusive Interview," 13 June 2018 From Thandie Newton’s eclecticism to Evan Rachel Wood’s statement-making suits, the show’s actors use fashion as a means of expression and at last night’s Season 2 premiere, its newest talent took center stage. Vogue, "Inside Westworld’s Season 2 Premiere With Tao Okamoto," 17 Apr. 2018 All of this illuminates the thrilling eclecticism of Butler’s art, his artistic triumphs under the radar of both jazz and classical music industries for years, perhaps because of his creative restlessness and frequent relocations. Howard Reich,, "Remembering Henry Butler, a New Orleans giant," 9 July 2018 The same eclecticism was reflected in Onfroy's musical tastes. Kyle Swenson,, "XXXTentacion: The nasty, brutish and short life of the chart-topping rapper," 20 June 2018 The 41 looks, designed by Bertrand Guyon, aimed to capture the whimsical eclecticism of the late, great couturier Elsa Schiaparelli. Thomas Adamson, The Seattle Times, "Dior celebrates the atelier, draws celebs to Paris couture," 2 July 2018 Roberts’ portraits also feel musical, incorporating bold prints, bright colors and dramatic shifts in scale and perspective, but her eclecticism is much quieter. Sharon Mizota,, "Deborah Roberts' powerful statement of black female identity," 29 May 2018 This being America in the year 2018, Holter's eclecticism has been framed in terms of his blackness. Tony Adler, Chicago Reader, "Ike Holter’s latest, The Light Fantastic, is darkly playful," 23 May 2018 Both sonically and lyrically, this is a more radio-ready effort than past records, though the band’s eclecticism could never be simply polished away. Isaac Feldberg,, "Brazilian Girls return with radio-ready album ‘Let’s Make Love’," 25 Apr. 2018

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1798, in the meaning defined above

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eclec·ti·cism | \-ˈklek-tə-ˌsiz-əm \

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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