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In a dry, formalistic way, Primrose asked: "My dear brother, are you prepared for the great change!"

Broadly speaking, these divide themselves into two main branches, the Formalistic and the Naturalesque.

The Formalistic schools, led by the Ikenobos, aimed at a classic idealism corresponding to that of the Kano-academicians.

We should like to call this school the Natural in contradistinction to the Naturalesque and Formalistic schools.

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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