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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 of eclecticism
1825-1835
1825-35; eclectic + -ism
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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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