Definitions

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

Etymologies

manner +‎ -ism (Wiktionary)
From Italian manierismo, from maniera, coined by L. Lanzi at the end of the XVIII century. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Its the comparison of the mannerism of various stars. .trying to tell his \mannerism was

    Comments for NAACHGAANA

  • Always easy, always lucid, always correct, we may find them; but who is the writer, easy, lucid, and correct, who has not impregnated his writing with something of that personal flavour which we call mannerism?

    Thackeray

  • Sometimes I base part of characters on friends; for instance, a certain mannerism or personality trait.

    Marcia Muller talks about her heroine Sharon McCone

  • As soon as he gets in the car, every mannerism is gone, he will crowd you off the road just as much as a New Yorker will or anybody else.

    Jottings From An Explorer's Notebook

  • Thought waves came strongly from 24of6; the quality of the mental sounds different, but the mannerism was the same.

    The Dragon Lensman

  • His mannerism is a legitimate device for diverting the spectator’s attention from certain incongruities.

    The Théâtre Francais

  • I may have observed upon those vulgar attacks on account of the so-called mannerism, the obvious fact, that an individuality, carried into the medium, the expression, is a feature in all men of genius, as Buffon teaches ...

    The Letters of Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Barrett

  • But we shall presently discover that, so far as pure physical type is concerned, he early began to generalise the structure of the body, passing finally into what may not unjustly be called a mannerism of form.

    The Life of Michelangelo Buonarroti

  • Oscott, at Old Hall Green, at Ushaw; there was nothing of that smoothness, or mannerism, which is commonly imputed to them, and they were more natural and unaffected than many an Anglican clergyman.

    Apologia pro Vita Sua

  • Green, at Ushaw; there was nothing of that smoothness, or mannerism, which is commonly imputed to them, and they were more natural and unaffected than many an Anglican clergyman.

    Apologia Pro Vita Sua

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