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