AskDefine | Define formalist

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. An overly formal person, especially one who adheres to current forms; a stickler
  2. An advocate of formalism



  1. Of or pertaining to formalism; formalistic


Extensive Definition

Formalism or formalization is the activity or its product which rigorously follows a set/system of rules previously defined and usually known.
It can refer to a set of beliefs in philosophy, art, literature, or music.
formalist in Catalan: Formalisme
formalist in German: Formalismus
formalist in Spanish: Formalismo
formalist in Galician: Formalismo
formalist in Interlingua (International Auxiliary Language Association): Formalismo (disambiguation)
formalist in Hebrew: פורמליזם
formalist in Dutch: Formalisme
formalist in Japanese: 形式主義
formalist in Polish: Formalizm
formalist in Portuguese: Formalismo
formalist in Russian: Формализм
formalist in Chinese: 形式主义

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Babbitt, High-Churchist, Holy Willie, Joseph Surface, Mawworm, Middle American, Pecksniff, Pharisee, Philistine, Sabbatarian, Tartuffe, Vicar of Bray, affecter, anal character, bluestocking, bourgeois, burgher, canter, canting hypocrite, chameleon, compulsive character, conformer, conformist, conventionalist, dissembler, dissimulator, formularist, formulist, hypocrite, lip server, lip worshiper, liturgist, methodologist, middle-class type, model child, organization man, parrot, pedant, perfectionist, pharisee, pietist, pious fraud, plastic person, poser, precieuse, precieux, precisian, precisianist, precisionist, purist, ranter, religionist, religious hypocrite, ritualist, sacramentarian, sheep, sniveler, snuffler, spiritual humbug, square, teenybopper, temporizer, timepleaser, timeserver, trimmer, weathercock, whited sepulcher, yes-man
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