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mannerism

[man-uh-riz-uh m] /ˈmæn əˌrɪz əm/
noun
1.
a habitual or characteristic manner, mode, or way of doing something; distinctive quality or style, as in behavior or speech:
He has an annoying mannerism of tapping his fingers while he talks. They copied his literary mannerisms but always lacked his ebullience.
2.
marked or excessive adherence to an unusual or a particular manner, especially if affected:
Natural courtesy is a world apart from snobbish mannerism.
3.
(usually initial capital letter) a style in the fine arts developed principally in Europe during the 16th century, chiefly characterized by a complex perspectival system, elongation of forms, strained gestures or poses of figures, and intense, often strident color.
Origin
1795-1805
1795-1805; manner1 + -ism
Related forms
mannerist, noun
manneristic, adjective
manneristically, adverb
nonmanneristic, adjective
semimanneristic, adjective
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Examples from the web for mannerism
  • But never did she allow such phrasing of steps to become a mannerism.
  • Barnett had another mannerism that would become his calling card.
  • Perhaps it's time to resist the reflexive use of this mannerism.
  • His mannerism is great, but it is a noble and welcome mannerism.
  • His sentences are well-built, with a strict avoidance of any mannerism or exaggeration.
  • But this device, if too often used, would become a mannerism.
  • mannerism is always longing to have done, and has no true enjoyment in work.
  • The first was a high-pitched giggle, which may have been not a gimmick at all but an actual personal mannerism.
  • It was instantly apparent which genre each writer belonged to-first by appearance, then by mannerism, finally by prose.
  • Premature individualism commonly ends either in a reaction against the original whims, or in a mannerism which perpetuates them.
British Dictionary definitions for mannerism

mannerism

/ˈmænəˌrɪzəm/
noun
1.
a distinctive and individual gesture or trait; idiosyncrasy
2.
(often capital) a principally Italian movement in art and architecture between the High Renaissance and Baroque periods (1520–1600) that sought to represent an ideal of beauty rather than natural images of it, using characteristic distortion and exaggeration of human proportions, perspective, etc
3.
adherence to a distinctive or affected manner, esp in art or literature
Derived Forms
mannerist, noun
manneristic, manneristical, adjective
manneristically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for mannerism
n.

"excessive use of distinctive methods in art or literature," 1803, from manner + -ism. Meaning "an instance of mannerism, habitual peculiarity" is from 1819. Related: Mannerisms.

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mannerism in Medicine

mannerism man·ner·ism (mān'ə-rĭz'əm)
n.
A distinctive behavioral trait; an idiosyncrasy.

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