Formalism
Formalism Form"al*ism (f[^o]rm"al*[i^]z'm), n. The practice or the doctrine of strict adherence to, or dependence on, external forms, esp. in matters of religion. [1913 Webster]

Official formalism. --Sir H. Rawlinson. [1913 Webster]


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  • Formalism — or formalization is the activity or its product which rigorously follows a set/system of rules previously defined and usually known.It can refer to a set of beliefs in philosophy, art, literature, or music. * Formalism (art) * Formalism (film) *… …   Wikipedia

  • formalism — FORMALÍSM s.n. 1. Orientare în artă, estetică, muzică, literatură care rupe forma de conţinut, tinzând să supraaprecieze forma operei de artă în dauna conţinutului, să considere forma un scop în sine şi nu ca expresie a conţinutului. 2. Atitudine …   Dicționar Român

  • formalism — formalism, formal sociology A branch of sociology usually considered to have been founded by Georg Simmel , which aims to capture the underlying forms of social relations, and thus to provide a ‘geometry of social life’. Simmel distinguished the… …   Dictionary of sociology

  • Formalism — formalism, logical …   Philosophy dictionary

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  • formalism — (n.) 1840, strict adherence to prescribed forms, from FORMAL (Cf. formal) + ISM (Cf. ism). Attested from 1943 in reference to the Russian literary movement (1916 30). Related: Formalist; formalistic …   Etymology dictionary

  • formalism — [fôr′məl iz΄əm] n. 1. strict or excessive attention to or insistence on outward forms, as in art, or established traditions, as in religion 2. an instance of this formalist n., adj. formalistic adj …   English World dictionary

  • formalism — formalist, n., adj. formalistic, adj. formalistically, adv. /fawr meuh liz euhm/, n. 1. strict adherence to, or observance of, prescribed or traditional forms, as in music, poetry, and art. 2. Relig. strong attachment to external forms and… …   Universalium

  • Formalism — means a number of different things: A certain school in the philosophy of mathematics, stressing axiomatic proofs through theorems specifically associated with David Hilbert. A school of thought in law and jurisprudence which emphasises the… …   Mini philosophy glossary

  • formalism —    An aesthetic and critical theory of art which places emphasis on form the structural qualities instead of either content (sometimes called literal or allegorical qualities) or contextual qualities. According to this point of view, the most… …   Glossary of Art Terms

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