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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'

Lydia laughed, and said:``Aye, that is just like your formality and discretion.
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.
The small amount of truth to visual nature in the work of earlier men went better with the formality of such compositions.
``Must this last formality take place in your presence, sir?''
Signor Luigi,''continued Albert,``is there any formality to fulfil before I take leave of your excellency?''
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.
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?''
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.
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.

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