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formalist

[ fawr-muh-liz-uh m ]SEE DEFINITION OF formalist
  • as inperfectionist
  • as indisciplinarian

Synonyms for formalist

  • fusspot
  • idealist
  • purist
  • quibbler
  • fussbudget
  • nit-picker
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR FORMALIST

Formalist and Hypocrisy choose the easy ways, and are heard of no more.

I am not such a fool or a formalist as you give me credit for being.

The duty of a magistrate to be just, precedes that of being a formalist.

The name of the one was Formalist, and the name of the next Hypocrisy.

The name of one was Formalist, and the name of the other was Hypocrisy.

Like the misers of every race, he was both devotee and formalist.

They will not be addressed to the formalist, the hypocrite, the wicked, and the ungodly.

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

For the formalist who accepts Christian truth and neglects Christian practice there is a dreadful awakening in store.

And it is a sign of the times that the old-fashioned Chopin is fading, while we are now vitally interested in him as a formalist.

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.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR FORMALIST

disciplinarian

nounperson who makes others work hard
  • authoritarian
  • bully
  • despot
  • drill sergeant
  • enforcer
  • formalist
  • master
  • sergeant
  • stickler
  • strict teacher
  • sundowner
  • teacher
  • trainer
  • tyrant
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