- 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
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Examples from the Web for eclecticism
Our reviewer Michael Caines asks if the eclecticism adds up to an adventure.The Best of Brit Lit
October 27, 2010
On the contrary, our own gropings, eclecticism, and archaeology are the symptoms of impotence.The Sense of Beauty
Hydropathy gives him fits, and eclecticism almost, lays him out.Facts And Fictions Of Life
Helen H. Gardener
He is recognized for the comprehensiveness and eclecticism of his approach.When You Don't Know Where to Turn
Steven J. Bartlett
But many Alsatians did not trust this eclecticism and this liberty.The Children of Alsace
They have failed, like all the juste-milieux of the world, and are laughed at for their eclecticism.What is Property?
P. J. Proudhon
- an eclectic system or method
- the use or advocacy of such a system
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Word Origin and History for eclecticism
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