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A soldier-like and becoming answer was returned to this formality.

Lady Coryston had approached her with the formality of a stranger.

After this they all went through the formality of denying God and the Saints.

There is an honest degree of orderly disorder, and an absence of formality.

Captain Elisha had told him not to stand on formality, to come any time, and he did.

The electrician managed to utter some sort of formality, but he couldn't have told what it was.

He had always treated her with a formality amounting almost to awe.

"I am certain that you smile at my excess of formality," continued the old minister.

It seems awkward to wait for the formality of Henry's introduction.

His aspect combined the formality of the caller with the freedom of the proprietor.

WORD ORIGIN

1530s, "agreement as to form," from Middle French formalité (15c.) or directly from Latin formalis "formal" (see formal). Originally "literary form;" meaning "something done for the sake of form" is from 1590s. Related: Formalities.

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