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1. formality

noun. ['fɔrˈmæləti'] a requirement of etiquette or custom.

Synonyms

  • formalities
  • ceremony
  • observance
  • ceremonial

Antonyms

  • representational
  • unofficial
  • illogical
  • rhetorical

Etymology

  • -ity (English)
  • -ité (French)
  • formal (English)
  • formel (Middle English (1100-1500))

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Example sentences of the word formality


1. Noun, singular or mass
Determine the right level of formality to use in your letter.

Quotes containing the word formality


1. When your mother asks, "Do you want a piece of advice?"it's a mere formality. It doesn't matter if you answer yes or no. You're going to get it anyway.
- Erma Bombeck

2. ...there remained a strange formality between them, and her pleasure in his presence felt too much like missing him had felt during the last week.
- Robin McKinley, Pegasus

3. Most people think, when they're young, that they're going to the top of their chosen world, and that the climb up is only a formality. Without that faith, I suppose, they might never start. Somewhere on the way they lift their eyes to the summit and know they aren't going to reach it; and happiness then is looking down and enjoying the view they've got, not envying the one they haven't.
- Dick Francis, Reflex

2. formality

noun. ['fɔrˈmæləti'] compliance with formal rules.

Synonyms

  • compliance
  • abidance
  • conformation

Antonyms

  • noncompliance
  • courtesy
  • discourtesy
  • unconventional

Etymology

  • -ity (English)
  • -ité (French)
  • formal (English)
  • formel (Middle English (1100-1500))

3. formality

noun. ['fɔrˈmæləti'] a manner that strictly observes all forms and ceremonies.

Synonyms

  • stateliness
  • personal manner
  • formalness
  • ceremoniousness
  • formal
  • informal

Antonyms

  • informality
  • unceremoniousness
  • informal
  • unrhetorical

Etymology

  • -ity (English)
  • -ité (French)
  • formal (English)
  • formel (Middle English (1100-1500))
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