• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Formalist One overattentive to forms, or too much confined to them; esp., one who rests in external religious forms, or observes strictly the outward forms of worship, without possessing the life and spirit of religion. "As far a formalist from wisdom sits,
      In judging eyes, as libertines from wits."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n formalist One who adheres strictly to established custom, form, or usage, as in style, conduct, or procedure; one who is attached to the observance of recognized modes or methods; also, one who has undue regard to forms and rules.
    • n formalist In philosophy, one who denies the existence of matter and recognizes the existence of form only; an idealist.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Formalist one having exaggerated regard to rules or established usages
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. formaliste,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. forme—L. forma, shape.


In literature:

The name of the one was Formalist, and the name of the other Hypocrisy.
"The Pilgrim's Progress" by John Bunyan
The Formalistic schools, led by the Ikenobos, aimed at a classic idealism corresponding to that of the Kano-academicians.
"The Book of Tea" by Kakuzo Okakura
He was a formalist because it paid him to be one.
"The Vision Spendid" by William MacLeod Raine
Why the wretched formalistic worship throughout the world?
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
Mr. Stedman finds him a formalist.
"Whitman" by John Burroughs
Aware of the stir of his entrance, the little formalist had kept her eyes fastened and her face prettily composed during the prayer.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. XIX (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
O ye cold-hearted, frozen, formalists!
"Young's Night Thoughts" by Edward Young
Yet Champlain was no formalist, nor was his an empty zeal.
"Historic Handbook of the Northern Tour" by Francis Parkman
The duty of a magistrate to be just, precedes that of being a formalist.
"A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 3 (of 10)" by François-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
So far then the 'formalist' appears to be right.
"Oxford Lectures on Poetry" by Andrew Cecil Bradley
They will not be addressed to the formalist, the hypocrite, the wicked, and the ungodly.
"Practical Religion" by John Charles Ryle
Drobisch, a follower of Herbart, is one of the most thoroughgoing formalists in modern logical theory.
"International Congress of Arts and Science, Volume I" by Various
Of the fall of architecture, as resultant from the formalist pride of its patrons and designers, I have spoken elsewhere.
"Modern Painters Vol. III." by John Ruskin
The name of one was Formalist, and the name of the other was Hypocrisy.
"The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan" by John Bunyan
Like the misers of every race, he was both devotee and formalist.
"The Incendiary" by W. A. (William Augustine) Leahy
The formalist and the fleshly he classes together, because of their stupidity.
"The Book of Isaiah, Volume I (of 2)" by George Adam Smith
The formalist can never become a prophet.
"Expositor's Bible: The Song of Solomon" by Walter Adeney
Are you not afraid of making them formalists?
"The Lord's Coming" by C. H. (Charles Henry) Mackintosh
What is the sin of the formalist?
"Expositor's Bible: The Gospel of Matthew" by John Monro Gibson
With the exception of the ancient Hebrews, the Romans were the greatest formalists and ritualists of antiquity.
"The Trial of Jesus from a Lawyer's Standpoint, Vol. II (of II)" by Walter M. Chandler

In news:

The formalist critic and abstract expressionist champion Clement Greenberg declared, "Any painter today not working abstractedly is working in a minor mode".
Victorian sentimentality bumped into social reform, which in turn came up against the formalist revolutions of the European avant-garde.
In any English-language production of Molière , the elephant in the room is poet Richard Wilbur, the greatest American formalist since Frost, whose stately verse translations of Molière have ruled the stage for 53 years and made him rich.
PJ Harvey April 19 and 20 With her studious attention to genre and history, Polly Jean Harvey is a formalist.
Hard-core formalist filmmaking from Italy—grandly pictorial, completely wordless, and resolutely thematic in its development of four linked episodes about death, decay, and generation.
Action Bronson is a deft rapper, sure: a formalist, a casual virtuoso, a fat man with big lungs and superlative breath control.

In science:

We describe how research in this area evolved in the last two decades in directions that bring it now to the point where further elaboration and study seem natural in the more general formalistic and philosophical environments embraced in QI research.
Some Quantum-Like Features of Mass Politics in Two-Party Systems
Pauli had always felt at Einstein’s somewhat formalistic attempts at unifying gravity with electromagnetism- forces which in Pauli’s phrase ”cannot be joined-for God hath rent them asunder”.
Landau's Last Paper and its Impact on Developments in Mathematics, Physics and Other Disciplines in New Millennium
This formalist conception of the nature of human cognition now dominates not just theoretical computing, but also computer program development, social sciences, philosophy of science and is even currently advocated as a replacement for physics (Aaronson[2005], p. 1).
Adding Methodological Testing to Naur's Anti-formalism
It is a unique formalist kind of pattern design science. A fundamental tenet of classical design science is the distinction between pattern and principled design.
Ten Incredibly Dangerous Software Ideas