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Meaning of FORMALIST

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Form"al*ist\, n. [Cf. F. formaliste.]
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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