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for·mal·ism

 (fôr′mə-lĭz′əm)
n.
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.
for′mal·is′tic adj.
for′mal·is′ti·cal·ly adv.

formalism

(ˈfɔːməˌlɪzəm)
n
1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) scrupulous or excessive adherence to outward form at the expense of inner reality or content
2. (Logic)
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
5. (Philosophy) the philosophical theory that a mathematical statement has no meaning but that its symbols, regarded as physical objects, exhibit a structure that has useful applications. Compare logicism, intuitionism
ˈformalist n
ˌformalˈistic adj
ˌformalˈistically adv

for•mal•ism

(ˈfɔr məˌlɪz əm)

n.
strict observance of prescribed or traditional forms, as in music, poetry, and art.
[1830–40]
for′mal•ist, n., adj.
for`mal•is′tic, adj.
for`mal•is′ti•cal•ly, adv.

formalism

a critical emphasis upon style, arrangement, and artistic means with limited attention to content, — formalist, n. — formalistic, adj.
See also: Criticism
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.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
philosophical doctrine, philosophical theory - a doctrine accepted by adherents to a philosophy
3.formalism - the practice of scrupulous adherence to prescribed or external forms
practice, pattern - a customary way of operation or behavior; "it is their practice to give annual raises"; "they changed their dietary pattern"
Translations

formalism

[ˈfɔːməlɪzəm] Nformalismo m

formalism

[ˈfɔːrməlɪzəm] nformalisme m

formalism

nFormalismus m

formalism

[ˈfɔːməˌlɪzm] nformalismo
References in classic literature ?
Yes," said Arthur, apparently in answer to my thoughts, "those 'high' services are fast becoming pure Formalism.
But she had none of the formalism or the self-consciousness of grief, and I was almost surprised to see her standing there in the first dusk with her hands full of flowers, smiling at me with her reddened eyes.
Against these far stretches of country rose, in front of the other city edifices, a large red-brick building, with level gray roofs, and rows of short barred windows bespeaking captivity, the whole contrasting greatly by its formalism with the quaint irregularities of the Gothic erections.
More strictly, it belongs to those men who attempted rationalistic criticism of the Bible and wished to go back to what they supposed to be a primitive pure religion, anterior to revealed religion and free from the corruptions and formalism of actual Christianity.
The coupling of these models generates a DEVS coupled model capable of running on platforms based on DEVS formalism.
BEIJING -- Xi Jinping, leader of the Communist Party of China (CPC), said Tuesday that the CPC's upcoming year-long campaign will be a "thorough cleanup" of undesirable work styles such as formalism, bureaucratism, hedonism and extravagance.
In the 1980s, he resurrected formalism to depoliticize and wrest Chinese painting from its Maoist-era servitude to state ideology.
Textually, the formalism is verbalized as R : X [right arrow] Y.
1) I say "resuscitate" because formalism has not been in favor for several decades.
His defiant literacy, his deep, hypnotic voice and electric presence, his seeming ease gliding between poetry slam bombast and delicate formalism have made him an exciting, unpredictable writer, one worthy of close attention.
A formalism for computation theory implicitly defines each and every computational state by the totality of its computational relations (e.
If this latter formalism were taken as fundamental and complete we would be lead to the introduction of a pseudo-Riemannian "spacetime" description of sound, with a metric characterised by an "invariant speed of sound".