Mannerism Man"ner*ism, n. [Cf. F. mani['e]risme.] 1. Adherence to a peculiar style or manner; a characteristic mode of action, bearing, behavior, or treatment of others. [1913 Webster]

2. Adherence to a peculiar style or manner carried to excess, especially in literature or art. [1913 Webster]

Mannerism is pardonable,and is sometimes even agreeable, when the manner, though vicious, is natural . . . . But a mannerism which does not sit easy on the mannerist, which has been adopted on principle, and which can be sustained only by constant effort, is always offensive. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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