Definition of eclectic in English:

eclectic

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Pronunciation: /ɪˈklɛktɪk
 
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adjective

  • 2 (Eclectic) Philosophy Denoting or belonging to a class of ancient philosophers who did not belong to or found any recognized school of thought but selected doctrines from various schools of thought.

noun

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  • A person who derives ideas, style, or taste from a broad and diverse range of sources.
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    • Douglas is the king of jazz's current crop of eclectics: He's the kind of guy who shows up at a Jewish wedding with a tango band and proceeds to play Bjork covers.
    • But they are not just reactionary eclectics; they think they can twist and recombine architectural history in fresh and original ways that would have been unthinkable before modernism wiped the slate clean.
    • The two strongest objections each approach levels at the other is the claim that eclectics are undisciplined, and that traditionalists are stagnated.

Derivatives

eclectically

adverb
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  • They gracefully span an eclectically broad repertoire with songs from Motown, Portishead, Bach and Bulgarian folk music.
  • In the film, this was translated into a chronology of the years, eclectically soundtracking the film's events.
  • Having said that, Ross has chosen eclectically and well and edited with skill.

eclecticism

Pronunciation: /-sɪz(ə)m/
noun
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  • The style he developed was a thoroughly indigenous fusion of the traditions of Europe with Trinidad's folk art, coloured always by his own eclecticism.
  • With such diverse instrumentation and determined eclecticism, the band is often categorized by music fans who are unforgiving in their rigidity.
  • At a time when specialization and depth take precedence over exploration, Sontag's eclecticism is something we need more of.

Origin

late 17th century (as a term in philosophy): from Greek eklektikos, from eklegein 'pick out', from ek 'out' + legein 'choose'.

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