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Related to formalism: structuralism, new criticism
1. Rigorous or excessive adherence to recognized forms, as in religion or art.
2. An instance of rigorous or excessive adherence to recognized forms.
3. A method of aesthetic analysis that emphasizes structural elements and artistic techniques rather than content, especially in literary works.
for′mal·ist adj. & n.
1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) scrupulous or excessive adherence to outward form at the expense of inner reality or content
a. the mathematical or logical structure of a scientific argument as distinguished from its subject matter
b. the notation, and its structure, in which information is expressed
3. (Theatre) theatre a stylized mode of production
4. (Philosophy) (in Marxist criticism) excessive concern with artistic technique at the expense of social values, etc
for•mal•ism(ˈfɔr məˌlɪz əm)
strict observance of prescribed or traditional forms, as in music, poetry, and art.
for′mal•ist, n., adj.
a critical emphasis upon style, arrangement, and artistic means with limited attention to content, — formalist, n. — formalistic, adj.See also: Criticism
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|Noun||1.||formalism - the doctrine that formal structure rather than content is what should be represented|
doctrine, ism, philosophical system, philosophy, school of thought - a belief (or system of beliefs) accepted as authoritative by some group or school
imitation - the doctrine that representations of nature or human behavior should be accurate imitations
|2.||formalism - (philosophy) the philosophical theory that formal (logical or mathematical) statements have no meaning but that its symbols (regarded as physical entities) exhibit a form that has useful applications|
philosophy - the rational investigation of questions about existence and knowledge and ethics
|3.||formalism - the practice of scrupulous adherence to prescribed or external forms|