from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A distinctive behavioral trait; an idiosyncrasy.
- n. Exaggerated or affected style or habit, as in dress or speech. See Synonyms at affectation.
- n. An artistic style of the late 16th century characterized by distortion of elements such as scale and perspective.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A group of verbal or other unconscious habitual behaviors peculiar to an individual.
- n. Exaggerated or effected style in art, speech, or other behavior.
- n. In literature, an ostentatious and unnatural style of the second half of the sixteenth century. In the contemporary criticism, described as a negation of the classicist equilibrium, pre-Baroque, and deforming expressiveness.
- n. In fine art, a style that is inspired by previous models, aiming to reproduce subjects in an expressive language.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Adherence to a peculiar style or manner; a characteristic mode of action, bearing, behavior, or treatment of others.
- n. Adherence to a peculiar style or manner carried to excess, especially in literature or art.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. 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. A peculiarity of manner in deportment, speech, or execution; an exceptionally characteristic mode or method; an idiosynerasy.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a behavioral attribute that is distinctive and peculiar to an individual
- n. a deliberate pretense or exaggerated display
manner + -ism (Wiktionary)
From Italian manierismo, from maniera, coined by L. Lanzi at the end of the XVIII century. (Wiktionary)