• WordNet 3.6
    • n mannerism a deliberate pretense or exaggerated display
    • n mannerism a behavioral attribute that is distinctive and peculiar to an individual
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Children spend more time learning about life through media than any other manner. The average child spends approximately 28 hours a week watching television, which is twice as much time as they spend in school.
    • Mannerism Adherence to a peculiar style or manner carried to excess, especially in literature or art. "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."
    • Mannerism Adherence to a peculiar style or manner; a characteristic mode of action, bearing, behavior, or treatment of others.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In 1649, Massachusetts's Puritan government ruled the following: "Any childe over 16 who shall CURSE or SMITE their natural FATHER or MOTHER, or act in a STUBBORNE or REBELLIOUS manner shall be put to death."
    • n mannerism Monotonous, formal, or pedantic adherence to the same manner; uniformity of manner, especially a tasteless uniformity, without freedom or variety; excessive adherence to a characteristic mode or manner of action or treatment.
    • n mannerism A peculiarity of manner in deportment, speech, or execution; an exceptionally characteristic mode or method; an idiosynerasy.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In ancient Rome, people found guilty of murdering their fathers were executed in a bizarre manner. The punishment was to be put in a sack with a rooster, a viper, and a dog, then drowned along with all three animals.
    • ns Mannerism a constant sameness of manner: a marked peculiarity of style or manner, esp. in literary composition: manner or style becoming wearisome by its sameness
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  • Voltaire
    “To succeed in the world it is not enough to be stupid, you must also be well-mannered.”
  • Thomas Hardy
    “Of course poets have morals and manners of their own, and custom is no argument with them.”
  • Marcus Aurelius
    “Everything that exists is in a manner the seed of that which will be.”
  • William Hazlitt
    “We never do anything well till we cease to think about the manner of doing it.”
  • Lillian Hellman
    Lillian Hellman
    “You lose your manners when you're poor.”
  • Seneca
    “There is a noble manner of being poor, and who does not know it will never be rich.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. maniérisme,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. manièremain—L. manus, the hand.


In literature:

The Indians join us in a friendly Manner, but depart presently on account of the Misconduct of our Men.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume 17" by Robert Kerr
I did not understand this free and easy manner of life.
"Children of the Market Place" by Edgar Lee Masters
She looked gentle and refined as any lady, and her manners and speech would not have destroyed the illusion.
"Verner's Pride" by Mrs. Henry Wood
He saw them create a light in some manner, and his hands almost slipped from the rope.
"The Texan Star" by Joseph A. Altsheler
There were others selected in like manner to whom the laws were taught as the traditions, and in like manner these were taught the people.
"The Memories of Fifty Years" by William H. Sparks
They had been cut with knives in the most wanton manner, and hardly a square inch had escaped.
"The Gold Hunter's Adventures" by William H. Thomes
In what manner was an army levied?
"Pinnock's Improved Edition of Dr. Goldsmith's History of Rome" by Oliver Goldsmith
Times and Manner of Eating.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume 16" by Robert Kerr
The inhabitants live on rice and draw liquor from certain trees in the manner before described.
"The History of Sumatra" by William Marsden
Affected (manner) = afekta.
"English-Esperanto Dictionary" by John Charles O'Connor and Charles Frederic Hayes

In poetry:

"Manners, miss,
Please behave.
Those who ask,
Shan't have."
"Ding Dong" by Arthur Clement Hilton
So hung their girdles, not for show;--
To their own length 'twas due.
'Twas not by art their hair curled so;--
By nature so it grew.
I seek such manners now in vain,
And pine for them with longing pain.
"In Praise Of" by Confucius
Fine dames from their carriages, noble and fair,
Have entered his shop, less to buy than to stare;
And have afterwards said, though the dirt was so frightful,
The Dirty Man's manners were truly delightful.
"The Dirty Old Man" by William Allingham
Well, the motorman was a nice young chap!
And he came right up and tipped his cap
And said, "Beg pardon," and was so kind
That his gentle manner soothed my mind:
Especially as he took such pains
To gather up my spilt remains.
"Says Mister Doojabs" by Ellis Parker Butler
Now Napoleon he had thought, when a British ship he sought,
And gave himself uncalled-for, in a manner, you might say,
He'd be treated like a king with the best of every thing,
And maybe have a palace for to live in every day.
"After Waterloo" by Robert Fuller Murray
Well did they know that service all by rote,
And there was many and many a lovely note,
Some, singing loud, as if they had complained;
Some with their notes another manner feigned;
And some did sing all out with the full throat.
"From The Cuckoo And The Nightingale" by William Wordsworth

In news:

Russ Widdall captures Robert F Kennedy's manners at Adrienne Theatre's… (www.
Since manners will never go out of style, someone must teach them, according to Mary Kennerty.
Shandong police may have mistaken a mild-mannered household pet for a ferocious predator.
Attractive and well-mannered, the Cape Dory 28 offers the promise of a rewarding relationship.
His attorney said she needs more time to review autopsy reports that discuss the manner and cause of his brother's death.
TrumpJet® is a new system for mixing papermaking chemicals into the main process stream with an effective and uniform manner.
Crystal McClernon of Enchantment Pet Resort & Spa talks about the new dog "Manners Institute" in which your pet can learn household skills while you're on vacation.
They are so much like humans, from facial expressions to mannerisms.
Nacho Vigalondo's follow-up to "Timecrimes" plays like a little comedy of manners set in an overlooked corner of somebody else's big-budget genre movie.
He thinks differently and genuinely in the manner successful people always do.
Best-in-class marketing campaigns touch a large customer base with relevant material in an engaging, timely, and unique manner across all available channels.
The Supreme Court's recent decision is important both in its content and in the manner in which the case was decided.
Kind people, my wish is for you to hear me out, stick your stereotyping in your pocket, step back and consider the following in an unbiased manner.
Arizona Department of Corrections policies state: "A pregnant woman will not be restrained in any manner while in labor, while giving birth , or during the postpartum recovery period.".
Slipping seamlessly — and sleevelessly — into the spotlight, first lady Michelle Obama has enjoyed high approval ratings for her gracious manner and fashionable presence.

In science:

In order to recover the known q-deformed oscillators, well established in the literature, we have to proceed in a special manner.
On The Construction of Generalized Coherent States for Generalized Harmonic Oscillators
However, in our case, the pressure is a product of the local number density and the local temperature, hence one of these can be chosen in an arbitrary manner.
Simple solutions of relativistic hydrodynamics for cylindrically symmetric systems
The proof proceeds in a similar manner to the proof of Theorem (2.1).
On the universality of the probability distribution of the product $B^{-1}X$ of random matrices
In this case we cannot just include Ma jorana fermions in the standard theory of weak interactions by gauge invariance manner.
Neutrino Oscillations. Theory and Experiment
The first rewrite rule restates COUNTleaf in a type-preserving manner.
Typed Generic Traversal With Term Rewriting Strategies