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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.
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Translations

formalist

[ˈfɔːməlɪst]
A. ADJformalista
B. Nformalista mf
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formalist

[ˈfɔːməˈlɪst] adj & nformalista (m/f)
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The cramping influence of a hard formalist on a young child, in repressing his spirits and courage, paralyzing the understanding, and that without producing indignation, but only fear and obedience, and even much sympathy with the tyranny,--is a familiar fact, explained to the child when he becomes a man, only by seeing that the oppressor of his youth is himself a child tyrannized over by those names and words and forms of whose influence he was merely the organ to the youth.
It was a wet and windy afternoon: Georgiana had fallen asleep on the sofa over the perusal of a novel; Eliza was gone to attend a saint's-day service at the new church--for in matters of religion she was a rigid formalist: no weather ever prevented the punctual discharge of what she considered her devotional duties; fair or foul, she went to church thrice every Sunday, and as often on week- days as there were prayers.
It is a ridiculous thing, and fit for a satire to persons of judgment, to see what shifts these formalists have, and what prospectives to make superficies to seem body, that hath depth and bulk.
Fans of Christensens formalist style will be intrigued by her explanations of her creative process and inspirations, but even those who have never heard of her will find much to glean from her stories of schooling under Nazism and coming of age with the Cold War.
Baer is the founding editor of The Formalist, a literary
He examines different values such as formalist, good faith, cynical, and rogue.
Beyond the film's immediacy, "Maidan" is an impressive, bold treatment of a complex subject via rigidly formalist means, and should see widespread test rotation with possible limited Euro arthouse play.
In their introduction, the editors (who also contribute one chapter each to the book) situate their exploration of "middles" in the body of Western thought, literature, and theory, setting forth to blend formalist readings with "sociopolitical history" (3).
Thomas (theatre, Wayne State U.) teaches future actors, directors, and designers the skills of script analysis using a formalist approach that examines the written part of a play to see how it should be performed and designed.
Truth Through Proof: A Formalist Foundation for Mathematics.
It argues that the Common Core State Standards are based largely on a formalist paradigm as evident in the emphasis on teaching text structure/genre forms for reading, writing, and speaking/listening.