Definitions

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  • n. An over-reliance on, or adherence to formulae

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Adherence to or systematic use of formulas.

Etymologies

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formula +‎ -ism

Examples

  • When we start thinking in terms of what will sell, we tend to move towards formulism, and this not only dilutes the story, but decreases the chances of a reader making a real emotional connection.

    An Interview with Andrew Stone. Interviewed by Pat Hayworth

  • [Tablada] Many comrades engaged in formulism, schematism, and bureaucratism.

    FIFTH UJC CONGRESS

  • But those who cannot understand sacramentarianism may dismiss it far too easily, for though there be here danger of a mechanical formulism, the sacraments themselves may become part of a spiritual discipline through which the lives of men and women are so profoundly changed as in the most clear case of conversion, manifesting often a spiritual beauty not to be found in any other conception of Christian discipleship.

    Modern Religious Cults and Movements

  • This approach may not break any new ground, but it seems entirely appropriate to the subject, a modern day songwriting savant and restless genre-hopper who once wrote in a manifesto on formulism in music, "Cliché is dead, long live the cliché!"

    NPR Topics: News

  • "This encroaching formulism ultimately dooms the film, which stumbles into its final act as an if-you-say-so romantic comedy."

    GreenCine Daily

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