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

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With the show, Tigerman and his confreres, who quickly became known as the Chicago Four (later the Chicago Seven), had made their point about Chicago eclecticism. Blair Kamin,, "Iconoclastic Chicago architect Stanley Tigerman, who shaped the city with his buildings and ideas, dies at 88," 4 June 2019 Designers are usually their own best ambassadors—can anyone wear a Tom Ford suit like the man himself?—and the eclecticism of Rihanna’s style speaks to the future of her brand. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Rihanna’s New Fenty Collection Has Been Hiding in Plain Sight," 21 May 2019 In fact, that eclecticism is a natural outgrowth of the couple’s ancestral history. Leslie Camhi, ELLE Decor, "Tour the Sanctuary-Like Tribeca Duplex of Designer Beth Bugdaycay," 22 Aug. 2018 Maybe another word for the good that happens when nostalgia meets design is eclecticism. Michelle Slatalla, WSJ, "How Nostalgia Made Me Stop Hating My Mother’s China," 15 Aug. 2018 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

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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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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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