mannerism

Part of speech: noun

A set manner; peculiarity.

Part of speech: noun

Mannerist.

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Usage examples "mannerism":

  1. The low and stately music of their cadences is a thing, except in Browne, almost unique, and it is not easy to trace it to any peculiar mannerism of vocabulary or of the arrangement of words. - "A History of English Literature Elizabethan Literature", George Saintsbury.
  2. Your prose may be the rougher for it, but it will be at least honest; and all mannerism is dishonesty, an attempt to gain beauty at the expense of truthful expression which invariably defeats its own ends, and produces an unpleasing effect, so necessarily one are truth and beauty. - "Literary and General Lectures and Essays", Charles Kingsley.
  3. Whether it appeal to one not, no critic worth attention any longer disparages it as mere ornate and perfumed verbiage, the elaborate mannerism of a writer hiding the poverty of his thought beneath a pretentious raiment of decorated expression. - "Vanishing Roads and Other Essays", Richard Le Gallienne.