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noun as in disciplinarian

noun as in perfectionist


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They are usually treated with the utmost sobriety, pondered as great works of formalist – even spiritual – exploration.

Flavin was keen on such mundane connections in his earliest years, then rejected them when he became a famous formalist.

The messy signature actually detracts and distracts from a formalist reading of these otherwise pristine works.

Shklovsky, a literary critic who co-founded the Russian Formalist movement, was hopelessly in love with the writer Elsa Triolet.

Winston is rigorous in requiring what is due to his position—is, in some respects, a fearful formalist.

But Goethe was not a formalist, and he was very far from the static conception of life which is at the base of pure morphology.

As an upholder of the law he becomes a formalist and a reactionary.

"They appear to like the formalist too, as well as the form," said Colville, with scorn not obviously necessary.

He seemed to the king to be a tiresome formalist and censor, who was only scrupulous in resisting the royal will.

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On this page you'll find 21 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to formalist, such as: enforcer, authoritarian, bully, despot, master, and sergeant.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.