Definition of Mannerism

1. Noun. A behavioral attribute that is distinctive and peculiar to an individual.

Exact synonyms: Foible, Idiosyncrasy
Generic synonyms: Distinctiveness, Peculiarity, Speciality, Specialness, Specialty
Derivative terms: Idiosyncratic

2. Noun. A deliberate pretense or exaggerated display.
Exact synonyms: Affectation, Affectedness, Pose
Generic synonyms: Feigning, Pretence, Pretending, Pretense, Simulation
Specialized synonyms: Attitude, Radical Chic
Derivative terms: Pose

Definition of Mannerism

1. n. Adherence to a peculiar style or manner; a characteristic mode of action, bearing, or treatment, carried to excess, especially in literature or art.

Definition of Mannerism

1. Noun. (arts) A style of art developed at the end of the High Renaissance, characterized by the deliberate distortion and exaggeration of perspective and especially the elongation of figures. ¹

2. Noun. A group of verbal or other unconscious habitual behaviors peculiar to an individual. ¹

3. Noun. Exaggerated or effected style in art, speech, or other behavior. ¹

4. Noun. (arts literature) In literature, an ostentatious and unnatural style of the second half of the sixteenth century. In the contemporary criticism, described as a negation of the classicist equilibrium, pre-Baroque, and deforming expressiveness. ¹

5. Noun. (arts literature) In fine art, a style that is inspired by previous models, aiming to reproduce subjects in an expressive language. ¹

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Definition of Mannerism

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Medical Definition of Mannerism

1. A peculiar or unusual characteristic mode of movement, action, or speech. (05 Mar 2000)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Mannerism

manner name
manner of articulation
manner of speaking
manner of walking
mannerism (current term)

Literary usage of Mannerism

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The theory of colouring by J. Bacon (1866)
"mannerism is the inevitable result of orderly method in pursuing studies. Want of mannerism indicates a vacillation of character which augurs ill for the ..."

2. Publishers Weekly by Publishers' Board of Trade (U.S.), Book Trade Association of Philadelphia, American Book Trade Union, Am. Book Trade Association, R.R. Bowker Company (1895)
"And in his delight ¡n " fore-shortening," which became with him a mannerism, Correggio often wholly lost sight of the fitness of things, ..."

3. Dictionary of National Biography by LESLIE. STEPHEN (1899)
"... when the feeling becomes intense t writer is thoroughly himself, discard« ii tative mannerism, and emancipates bims fro» the influence of other poets. ..."

4. The Diplomatic Relations of England with the Quadruple Alliance, 1815-1830 by Louis Calvert, Myrna M. Boyce, Paul Padgette (1918)
"... Peculiar mannerism—When in Doubt Do Nothing—The Set Gestures of the Good Old Days—An Example of Splendid Repose—Saving Bits of Business for Future ..."

5. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann, Edward Aloysius Pace, Condé Bénoist Pallen, Thomas Joseph Shahan, John Joseph Wynne (1913)
"Clear traces of the earlier Gothic art survive in Ghi- berti, eg the mannerism of his slender and pleasing rather than expressive figures, also a similar ..."

6. Essays on Fiction by Nassau William Senior (1864)
"But of the mannerism which consists in the selection of peculiar persons and situations for imitation, that is, in the choice of his characters and the ..."

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