conventionality

Part of speech: noun

The state of being conventional; a formality.

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Usage examples "conventionality":

  1. Without her conventionality it may be doubted whether France could have remained so long the centre of civilization. - "Since C├ęzanne", Clive Bell.
  2. Bernhardt recalled it by the perfection of her school; for Fechter's poetic naturalness differed from the conventionality of the accepted Hamlets in nothing so much as the superiority of its self- instruction. - "Short Stories and Essays From "Literature and Life"", William Dean Howells.
  3. If the soul, out of timidity and conventionality, says 'No' to its eager impulses, it halts upon its pilgrimage. - "The Child of the Dawn", Arthur Christopher Benson.