Definition of formalist adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

formalist

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adjective
BrE BrE//ˈfɔːməlɪst//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɔːrməlɪst//
 
[usually before noun]
 
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(in art, music, literature, science, etc.) paying more attention to the rules of correct arrangement and appearance of things than to inner meaning and feelings formalist theory

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