noun, often capitalized
tach·​ism | \ ˈta-ˌshi-zəm How to pronounce tachism (audio) \

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tachist \ ˈta-​shist How to pronounce tachist (audio) \ or less commonly tachiste \ ta-​ˈshēst How to pronounce tachiste (audio) \ adjective or noun, often capitalized

First Known Use of tachism

1955, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tachism

French tachisme, from tache stain, spot, blob, from Old French teche, tache, of Germanic origin; akin to Old Saxon tēkan sign, Old High German zeihhan — more at token entry 1

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“Tachism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tachism. Accessed 19 Oct. 2020.

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