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tachism

[tash-iz-uh m] /ˈtæʃ ɪz əm/
noun, (sometimes initial capital letter)
1.
action painting (def 1).
Also, tachisme
[French ta-shees-muh] /French taˈʃis mə/ (Show IPA)
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Origin
1950-1955
1950-55; < French tachisme, equivalent to tache spot, (< Vulgar Latin *tacca, probably < Gothic taikns mark, akin to token) + -isme -ism
Related forms
tachist, tachiste
[French ta-sheest] /French taˈʃist/ (Show IPA),
noun, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for tachisme

tachisme

/ˈtɑːʃɪzəm; French taʃism/
noun
1.
a type of action painting evolved in France in which haphazard dabs and blots of colour are treated as a means of instinctive or unconscious expression
Word Origin
C20: French, from tache stain
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