Examples from the Web for formalist
They are usually treated with the utmost sobriety, pondered as great works of formalist – even spiritual – exploration.
The messy signature actually detracts and distracts from a formalist reading of these otherwise pristine works.
What ritual is to the formalist, or contemplation to the devotee, business is to the man of the world.Friends in Council|Arthur Helps
So, too, we may note a score of places in which he flouted that darling virtue of the formalist, the observance of the Sabbath.The Outline of History: Being a Plain History of Life and Mankind|Herbert George Wells
Take my word for it, your linguist is as poor a creature as a dancing-master, and just as great a formalist.The Dodd Family Abroad, Vol. II.(of II)|Charles James Lever
A formalist and precisian, he held any sort of doubt to be backsliding before the message in his own heart.The Grey Room|Eden Phillpotts
The name of the one was Formalist, and the name of the next Hypocrisy.Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress|Samuel Phillips Day
British Dictionary definitions for formalist
- the mathematical or logical structure of a scientific argument as distinguished from its subject matter
- the notation, and its structure, in which information is expressed