Formalism meaning

fôr'mə-lĭz'əm
(literature) An approach to interpretation and/or evaluation focused on the (usually linguistic) structure of a literary work rather than on the contexts of its origin or reception.
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Rigorous or excessive adherence to recognized forms, as in religion or art.
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An instance of rigorous or excessive adherence to recognized forms.
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A method of aesthetic analysis that emphasizes structural elements and artistic techniques rather than content, especially in literary works.
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Strict or excessive attention to or insistence on outward forms, as in art, or established traditions, as in religion.
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An instance of this.
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Strict adherence to a given form of conduct, practice etc.
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(computing) One of several alternative computational paradigms for a given theory.
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(music) The tendency to elevate formal above expressive value in music, as in serialism.
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(mathematics, physics) A particular mathematical or scientific theory or description of a given state or effect.
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Origin of formalism

  • From formal +‎ -ism.
    From Wiktionary