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- strict or excessive attention to or insistence on outward forms, as in art, or established traditions, as in religion
- an instance of this
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
- Rigorous or excessive adherence to recognized forms, as in religion or art.
- An instance of rigorous or excessive adherence to recognized forms.
- A method of aesthetic analysis that emphasizes structural elements and artistic techniques rather than content, especially in literary works.
- forˈmal·ist adjective & n.
- forˌmal·isˈtic adjective
- forˌmal·isˈti·cal·ly adverb