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[fawr-myuh-liz-uh m]
  1. adherence to or reliance on formulas.
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Origin of formulism

First recorded in 1830–40; formul(a) + -ism
Related formsfor·mu·list, nounfor·mu·lis·tic, adjectiveun·for·mu·lis·tic, adjective
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Historical Examples of formulism

  • One might say, it is but a piece of Formulism and Scepticism, like the rest.

    Sartor Resartus, and On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and the Heroic in History

    Thomas Carlyle

  • Heroism was gone forever; Triviality, Formulism and Commonplace were come forever.

British Dictionary definitions for formulism


  1. adherence to or belief in formulas
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Derived Formsformulist, noun, adjectiveformulistic, adjective
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