[ tash-iz-uh m ]
/ ˈtæʃ ɪz əm /

noun (sometimes initial capital letter)

Also ta·chisme [French ta-shees-muh] /French taˈʃis mə/.

Origin of tachism

1950–55; < French tachisme, equivalent to tache spot, (< Vulgar Latin *tacca, probably < Gothic taikns mark, akin to token) + -isme -ism

Related forms

tach·ist, ta·chiste [French ta-sheest] /French taˈʃist/, noun, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for tachisme


/ (ˈtɑːʃɪzəm, French taʃism) /


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 for tachisme

C20: French, from tache stain
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