strict adherence to, or observance of, prescribed or traditional forms, as in music, poetry, and art.
Religion. strong attachment to external forms and observances.
Ethics. a doctrine that acts are in themselves right or wrong regardless of consequences.
Logic, Mathematics. a doctrine, which evolved from a proposal of David Hilbert, that mathematics, including the logic used in proofs, can be based on the manipulation of symbols without regard to their meaning.
The concept is that the formalism of past summits has made meaningful conversation difficult.
At the U.S.-China Summit, Friendship Isn’t What Matters Gordon G. Chang June 6, 2013
He was accused of “formalism,” a catch-all accusation that, like “Trotskyite,” had the ring of execution about it.
When Stalin Met Lady Macbeth Brian Moynahan November 8, 2014
No one should be a slave to such a formalism, but should follow the plan when convenient.
The Teaching of Geometry David Eugene Smith
He could never get over the idea that formalism was the soul of function.
The Music Master Charles Klein
They called it ‘a tossing of tennis balls,’ and set it down as one of the points of formalism.
The English Church in the Eighteenth Century Charles J. Abbey and John H. Overton
The outstanding feature of Kiyomitsu’s work is its formalism.
Chats on Japanese Prints Arthur Davison Ficke
It is safe to say that formalism is no longer a characteristic feature of the typical American school.
Craftsmanship in Teaching William Chandler Bagley
It was the coldest piece of formalism it has been our lot to witness in an English church.
The Church Index William Pepperell
But they were free from pedantry, from formalism, they left the dying art of the ancient world and made their own way.
Progress and History Various
There was a formalism to it, there was pomp and circumstance.
Ladies and Gentlemen
Irvin S. (Irvin Shrewsbury) Cobb
scrupulous or excessive adherence to outward form at the expense of inner reality or content
the mathematical or logical structure of a scientific argument as distinguished from its subject matter
the notation, and its structure, in which information is expressed
(theatre) a stylized mode of production
(in Marxist criticism) excessive concern with artistic technique at the expense of social values, etc
the philosophical theory that a mathematical statement has no meaning but that its symbols, regarded as physical objects, exhibit a structure that has useful applications Compare logicism, intuitionism
1840, “strict adherence to prescribed forms,” from formal + -ism. Attested from 1943 in reference to the Russian literary movement (1916-30). Related: Formalist; formalistic.
(of a coating, process, or the like) preventing the accumulation of barnacles, algae, etc., on underwater surfaces: The makers now use an antifouling chemical on all marine hulls. adjective (of a paint or other coating) inhibiting the growth of barnacles and other marine organisms on a ship’s bottom noun an antifouling paint or other coating
- Antifouling paint
paint applied to the portion of a hull below the waterline to poison or discourage marine animals and plants that would otherwise cling to it.
deceit, trickery, sharp practice, or breach of confidence, perpetrated for profit or to gain some unfair or dishonest advantage. a particular instance of such deceit or trickery: mail fraud; election frauds. any deception, trickery, or humbug: That diet book is a fraud and a waste of time. a person who makes deceitful pretenses; sham; poseur. […]
a liquid used in the radiator of an internal-combustion engine to lower the of the cooling medium. Contemporary Examples The cinnamon-flavored swill has been recalled in Europe over a chemical found in antifreeze. Europeans Recall Fireball Whiskey Over a Sweetener Also Used in Antifreeze Tim Mak October 27, 2014 Propylene glycol as a liquid, he […]