Formalist

Definition of Formalist

Form´al`ist
n.1.One overattentive to forms, or too much confined to them; esp., one who rests in external religious forms, or observes strictly the outward forms of worship, without possessing the life and spirit of religion.
As far a formalist from wisdom sits,
In judging eyes, as libertines from wits.
- Young.

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