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for•mal•i•ty(fɔrˈmæl ɪ ti)
n., pl. -ties.
See Also: ORDER/DISORDER
- Formal and self-conscious as a football in a photograph —George Garrett
- Formal as a Japanese print —Ramon Delgado
- Formal as an undertaker —William Mcllvanney
- Informal as paper napkins —Dee Weber
- Ordered … like a nun’s evening prayers —Charles Hanson Towne
This simile is extracted from the first stanza of Towne’s poem, The Best Road of All in which he writes about the best road being that which leads to God. In full context it reads: “I like … a road that is an ordered road, like a nun’s evening prayers.”
|Noun||1.||formality - a requirement of etiquette or custom; "a mere formality"|
|2.||formality - a manner that strictly observes all forms and ceremonies; "the formality of his voice made the others pay him close attention"|
ceremoniousness - a ceremonial manner
stateliness - an elaborate manner of doing something; "she served coffee with great stateliness"
informality - a manner that does not take forms and ceremonies seriously
|3.||formality - compliance with formal rules; "courtroom formality"|
abidance, compliance, conformity, conformation - acting according to certain accepted standards; "their financial statements are in conformity with generally accepted accounting practices"
herald, trumpeter - (formal) a person who announces important news; "the chieftain had a herald who announced his arrival with a trumpet"
slough of despond - (formal) extreme depression
in that, in this, therein - (formal) in or into that thing or place; "they can read therein what our plans are"
with all due formality → en la debida forma
let's dispense with the formalities → prescindamos de las formalidades