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High time we used a headline to learn a word: ‘Eclectic architecture, exquisite features: The Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple in Thiruvananthapuram is a blend of Dravidian and Kerala styles.’

The article describes the style of the temple at Thiruvananthapuram and describes it in rather florid detail. For our purpose, the temple is styled in a variety of ways, thus giving it the eclectic feel.

Whenever one draws inspiration from a series of sources, one has used eclectic sources.

Memory tip for eclectic:
Eclectic simply means to elect form the best.
Remember, eclectic means choosing the best from many sources.

Dictionary definition for eclectic:
1. Selecting or employing individual elements from a variety of sources, systems, or styles: an eclectic taste in music; an eclectic approach to managing the economy.
2. Made up of or combining elements from a variety of sources: “a popular bar patronized by an eclectic collection of artists, writers, secretaries and aging soldiers on reserve duty” (Curtis Wilkie).

Another word to learn from the same headline is exquisite, which means characterized by intricate and beautiful designs. Just click on the link below and you would know why this temple is called exquisite.

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