Mannerism meaning

măn'ə-rĭz'əm
A group of verbal or other unconscious habitual behaviors peculiar to an individual.
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The definition of a mannerism is a habit, gesture or other speech or dress characteristic that someone does often.

The way you talk and gesture are examples of mannerisms.

When you are constantly twirling your hair to an extreme extent, this is an example of a mannerism.

When an artist has a distinctive style that he always tries to incorporate into his paintings, this is an example of a mannerism.

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A 16th-cent. style in art characterized by distortion of realistic proportions, contorted figures, an avoidance of classical balance, etc.
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(art) A style of art developed at the end of the High Renaissance, characterized by the deliberate distortion and exaggeration of perspective and especially the elongation of figures.
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A distinctive behavioral trait, especially one that calls attention to itself; an idiosyncrasy.
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An artistic style of the late 1500s characterized by distortion of elements such as scale and perspective.
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Excessive use of some distinctive, often affected, manner or style in art, literature, speech, or behavior.
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A peculiarity of manner in behavior, speech, etc. that has become a habit.
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Exaggerated or effected style in art, speech, or other behavior.
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Exaggerated or affected style in an art.

Films characterized by excessive artifice and mannerism.

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(art, literature) In literature, an ostentatious and unnatural style of the second half of the sixteenth century. In the contemporary criticism, described as a negation of the classicist equilibrium, pre-Baroque, and deforming expressiveness.
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(art, literature) In fine art, a style that is inspired by previous models, aiming to reproduce subjects in an expressive language.
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Origin of mannerism

  • From Italian manierismo, from maniera, coined by L. Lanzi at the end of the XVIII century.
    From Wiktionary
  • manner +"Ž -ism
    From Wiktionary