What does the word formalism mean?

Usage examples for formalism

  1. Imagine, then, that, after marriage, the Gypsy blood and nature should begin to flow and throb in quicker pulsations,- and that the poor girl should sadly contrast the sunny freedom and lawless joy of her people's lot with the splendid rigidity and formalism of her own. – Views and Reviews by Henry James
  2. With formalism comes rigidity; and in this case the rigidity is bound to overwhelm the sense. – Aspects of Literature by J. Middleton Murry