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eclecticism

[ih-klek-tuh-siz-uh m] /ɪˈklɛk təˌsɪz əm/
noun
1.
the use or advocacy of an eclectic method.
2.
a tendency in architecture and the decorative arts to mix various historical styles with modern elements with the aim of combining the virtues of many styles or increasing allusive content.
Origin
1825-1835
1825-35; eclectic + -ism
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Examples for eclecticism
  • Decorations show the eclecticism of the global market.
  • The style is recognizable for its heavy ornamentation, energetic use of lines, and eclecticism.
  • Down-at-heel eclecticism and super-chic wealth continue to survive side-by-side, only adding to the area's charm.
  • Miller's success in the general pop field and his eclecticism are appropriate to the times, of course.
  • Some bloggers even post regular shuffle lists of their iPod listening to advertise the eclecticism of their tastes.
  • They represent an especially resourceful, enthusiastic kind of informed eclecticism.
  • eclecticism and fine dancing are the operative words here.
  • With a decadent spirit of retro eclecticism in the air, the yen for playful baroque design has found a retail outlet.
  • Its eclecticism comes from other features--an example of fashion in the midst of change.
  • The two-story red brick building is a reflection of the eclecticism of early twentieth century builders.
British Dictionary definitions for eclecticism

eclecticism

/ɪˈklɛktɪˌsɪzəm; ɛˈklɛk-/
noun
1.
an eclectic system or method
2.
the use or advocacy of such a system
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Word Origin and History for eclecticism
n.

1798, from eclectic + -ism.

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Encyclopedia Article for eclecticism

(from Greek eklektikos, "selective"), in philosophy and theology, the practice of selecting doctrines from different systems of thought without adopting the whole parent system for each doctrine. It is distinct from syncretism-the attempt to reconcile or combine systems-inasmuch as it leaves the contradictions between them unresolved. In the sphere of abstract thought, eclecticism is open to the objection that insofar as each system is supposed to be a whole of which its various doctrines are integral parts, the arbitrary juxtaposition of doctrines from different systems risks a fundamental incoherence. In practical affairs, however, the eclectic spirit has much to commend it.

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