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Little shades of formalism had crept here and there into her manner, even toward me.

There is in them an irreconcilable mixture of fury and formalism.

His sense of formalism had been sloughed off, his agreed-upon reactions bypassed.

Deceit, flattery, formalism in prayer are abominable to God.

He could never get over the idea that formalism was the soul of function.

Moral life is protected from falling into formalism and rigid repetition.

The outstanding feature of Kiyomitsu's work is its formalism.

It is always, I believe, a sign of decadence when formalism begins.

It was the coldest piece of formalism it has been our lot to witness in an English church.

There was a formalism to it, there was pomp and circumstance.

WORD ORIGIN

1840, "strict adherence to prescribed forms," from formal + -ism. Attested from 1943 in reference to the Russian literary movement (1916-30). Related: Formalist; formalistic.

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