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1. formalism

noun. ['ˈfɔrməˌlɪzəm'] the doctrine that formal structure rather than content is what should be represented.

Synonyms

  • ism
  • school of thought
  • doctrine
  • philosophical system

Antonyms

  • unbelief
  • monism
  • internationalism
  • inactivity

Etymology

  • -ism (English)
  • formal (English)
  • formel (Middle English (1100-1500))

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Rhymes with Formalism

  • abolitionism
  • absenteeism
  • absolutism
  • activism
  • adventurism
  • adventurism
  • agrarianism
  • alcoholism
  • altruism
  • amateurism
  • americanism
  • anachronism
  • aneurism
  • anglo-catholicism
  • animism
  • antagonism
  • anthropomorphism
  • anti-catholicism
  • anti-catholicism
  • antidisestablishmentarianism

Sentences with formalism


1. Noun, singular or mass
Immanuel Kant is one of the more important promoters of ethical formalism.

Quotes about formalism


1. Art has a double visage: it looks before and after. Romance is its forward-looking face. The germ of growth is in romanticism. Formalism, on the other hand, consolidates tradition; gleans what has been gained and makes it facile to the hand or the mind; economizes the energy of genius.
- George Edward Woodberry

2. formalism

noun. ['ˈfɔrməˌlɪzəm'] the practice of scrupulous adherence to prescribed or external forms.

Synonyms

  • practice

Antonyms

  • nationalism
  • pluralism

Etymology

  • -ism (English)
  • formal (English)
  • formel (Middle English (1100-1500))

3. formalism

noun. ['ˈfɔrməˌlɪzəm'] (philosophy) the philosophical theory that formal (logical or mathematical) statements have no meaning but that its symbols (regarded as physical entities) exhibit a form that has useful applications.

Synonyms

  • philosophical doctrine

Antonyms

  • environmentalism
  • hereditarianism

Etymology

  • -ism (English)
  • formal (English)
  • formel (Middle English (1100-1500))
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