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Definition of eclecticism

: the theory or practice of an eclectic method

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Recent Examples on the Web The grassroots Mobile event focuses on up-and-coming artists and eclecticism. al, "Mobile’s MOB Music Fest going online this weekend," 6 July 2020 That eclecticism was reflected in the wide menu at El Greco that included French fondue Italian pastas and Ecuadorian ceviche. Polly Campbell,, "Shirley Bernstein, restaurant entrepreneur of Mike Fink, BB Riverboats, dead at 97," 23 Apr. 2020 That eclecticism spreads to the dining experiences, as well. Robert Spuhler, New York Times, "In Las Vegas, the Home-Style Pizza Is an Everything Pie," 6 Mar. 2020 And is there any easier way to embrace this newfound eclecticism? Elise Taylor, Vogue, "The Eccentric Gift I Get All My Friends," 18 Jan. 2020 Perhaps the one clear advantage the series has over High Fidelity's previous iterations is its embrace of musical eclecticism. Inkoo Kang, The Hollywood Reporter, "'High Fidelity': TV Review," 3 Feb. 2020 Still, the sheer eclecticism of the lineup almost guarantees that nobody is familiar with all these people. al, "Hangout Music Fest 2020: Who are all these people?," 3 Dec. 2019 Initially known for their preppy eclecticism, Vampire Weekend expands into miscellany as never before. Armond White, National Review, "Vampire Weekend Makes the Best Pop-Political Album of the Year," 10 Dec. 2019 Yet, despite their proven eclecticism and ability to shine in almost any musical setting, Fleck and Meyer both speak of Hussain with palpable reverence and near awe. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Borders blur when Béla Fleck, Zakir Hussain and Edgar Meyer make music magic," 13 Oct. 2019

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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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The first known use of eclecticism was in 1798

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10 Jul 2020

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“Eclecticism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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eclec·​ti·​cism | \ -ˈklek-tə-ˌsiz-əm How to pronounce eclecticism (audio) \

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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