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Word: formality

Definition: ceremonious quality; ceremonious adherence to rules; something done just for form's sake; Ex. mere formality


Sentences Containing 'formality'

Although the Orders are officially made by the Queen, in practice, royal assent is a formality only.
At this name the count, who had hitherto saluted every one with courtesy, but at the same time with coldness and formality, stepped a pace forward, and a slight tinge of red colored his pale cheeks.
But, as to the formality of taking possession in my sovereign’s name, it never came once into my thoughts; and if it had, yet, as my affairs then stood, I should perhaps, in point of prudence and self-preservation, have put it off to a better opportunity.
By the 1770s the sack-back gown was second only to court dress in its formality.
Even in chaos, formality and order must reign.
Even later the knife was just a simple formality and the swordsman would decapitate before the subject could reach for it.
Flaubert says``a form deadens,''and it does seem as if the necessary formality of a school course had some deadening influence on students; and that there was some important part of the artist's development which it has failed to recognize and encourage.
General Fleetwood and Col. Syndenham were excused from the formality of the oath upon acceptance of the obligations.
Having given this advice he moved rapidly west to rejoin Fairfax at Crediton on the way he took the surrender of Lanford House on 17 October without the formality of a siege.
However, despite the similarity with "ze", the Kansai "de" does not carry nearly as heavy or rude a connotation, as it is influenced by the lesser stress on formality and distance in Kansai.
In the wake of the election, the North Central Association delivered a formal warning to the school, stating that while it would remain accredited, the warning was a formality required as a prelude to losing accreditation, should it be deemed necessary in a year's time.
It is frequently used to reduce the formality of mathematical proofs.
It is then understood that to morrow you will be irrevocably promised to M. Franzd'Epinay, not only by that theatrical formality invented to heighten the effect of a comedy called the signature of the contract, but your own will?''
Lydia laughed, and said:``Aye, that is just like your formality and discretion.
Men's shoes are often categorised by their fastening, and the various possibilities are listed below in roughly descending order of formality.
Now -"naharu" and "o- yasu" have gone out of use, and -"haru" (sometimes -"yaharu" except "godan" verbs), a transformation of -"naharu", is often used for showing reasonable respect without formality especially in Kyoto.
On 22 June 1815 he abdicated in favour of his son, Napoléon Francis Joseph Charles Bonaparte, well knowing that it was a formality, as his four-year-old son was in Austria.
Regarding the portrait-like format of the works, he noted, "Posing for a photograph, people already display a certain formality.
Signor Luigi,''continued Albert,``is there any formality to fulfil before I take leave of your excellency?''
The election soon became a mere formality and vanished after the reign of Philip II of France.
The Enniscorthy Echo reported: “Wexford’s homecoming was a throwback to receptions in Enniscorthy for returning Wexford All-Ireland teams.” David Medcalf wrote in the Wexford People “the formality of a civic reception was lost in the sheer joy of the occasion.” Aftermath.
The legend that was associated with it at that time, asserted that it had been discovered in the sarcophagus of Saint Remi and identified it with the baptism of Clovis I, the first Frankish king converted to Christianity; it was kept thereafter in the Abbey of Saint-Remi, Reims and brought with formality to the Cathedral of Notre-Dame, Reims at each coronation, where the emphasis was on the unction rather than on the crowning.
The modern trend of informality tends to flatten many events but the "grand occasion" of the balls, the friendly formality of the Reels and the sense of occasion creates an unforgettable atmosphere.
The singularity of this step, and above all its formality, had not a little surprised the banker, who had immediately obeyed his daughter by repairing first to the drawing room.
The small amount of truth to visual nature in the work of earlier men went better with the formality of such compositions.
The summits were not meant to be linked formally with wider international institutions; and in fact, a mild rebellion against the stiff formality of other international meetings was a part of the genesis of cooperation between France's President Giscard d'Estaing and Germany's Chancellor Helmut Schmidt as they conceived the initial summit of the Group of Six (G6) in 1975.
The summits were not meant to be linked formally with wider international institutions; and in fact, a mild rebellion against the stiff formality of other international meetings was a part of the genesis of cooperation between France's President Giscard d'Estaing and West Germany's Chancellor Helmut Schmidt as they conceived the first Group of Six (G6) summit in 1975.
Within this system, the palaeographer Julian Brown identified five grades, with decreasing formality: Brown has also postulated two phases of development for this script, Phase II being mainly influenced by Roman Uncial examples, developed at Wearmouth-Jarrow and typified by the Lindisfarne Gospels.
``Must this last formality take place in your presence, sir?''

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