eclecticism

noun
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 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 To showcase his own signature eclecticism, while still honoring the building’s 1960s roots, McClain balanced the mid-century modern vibe with a darker, moodier, collected approach. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Tour a Fearlessly Designed L.A. Home That Pays Homage to Its 1960s Roots," 8 Oct. 2019 Along the way, Corliss won some high-profile fans who shared his open-minded eclecticism. John Ruch, Washington Post, "He saw the scientific promise in the paranormal, but now his legacy could be lost," 24 Sep. 2019 Their music reflects Central Asia’s ethnic eclecticism: Uzbek, Tadjik, Afghan and Azerbaijani songs and melodies are brought together in a lively program that is at once exotic and accessible to Western listeners. Sam Boyer, cleveland.com, "Church group comes to the rescue and so can you: Whit & Whimsey," 13 Sep. 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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“Eclecticism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eclecticism. Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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eclecticism

noun
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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