formalism

Part of speech: noun

Scrupulous observance of forms.

Part of speech: noun

Formalist.

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Usage examples "formalism":

  1. She did not deceive the young ladies either by her formalism. - "Dickens As an Educator", James L. (James Laughlin) Hughes.
  2. 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", Henry James.
  3. With formalism comes rigidity; and in this case the rigidity is bound to overwhelm the sense. - "Aspects of Literature", J. Middleton Murry.