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[ih-klek-tuh-siz-uh m] /ɪˈklɛk təˌsɪz əm/
the use or advocacy of an eclectic method.
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
1825-35; eclectic + -ism Unabridged
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  • They have failed, like all the juste-milieux of the world, and are laughed at for their eclecticism.

    What is Property? P. J. Proudhon
  • On the contrary, our own gropings, eclecticism, and archaeology are the symptoms of impotence.

    The Sense of Beauty George Santayana
  • Christianity was not eclecticism, which, for lack of principles of its own, borrows whatever may seem good.

  • Hydropathy gives him fits, and eclecticism almost, lays him out.

    Facts And Fictions Of Life Helen H. Gardener
  • With psychology as a starting-point, and eclecticism as a method, Cousin attempted to establish a spiritualist doctrine.

  • He is recognized for the comprehensiveness and eclecticism of his approach.

  • Baudry is perhaps the nearest of the really great men to the Bolognese order of eclecticism.

    French Art W. C. Brownell
  • But many Alsatians did not trust this eclecticism and this liberty.

  • Here is introduced another keyword of this eclecticism—the word Bhakti.

British Dictionary definitions for eclecticism


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

1798, from eclectic + -ism.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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