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Meaning of MANNERISM

Pronunciation:  'manu`reezum

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a deliberate pretense or exaggerated display
  2. [n]  a behavioral attribute that is distinctive and peculiar to an individual

MANNERISM is a 9 letter word that starts with M.


 Synonyms: affectation, foible, idiosyncrasy, pose
 See Also: attitude, distinctiveness, feigning, peculiarity, pretence, pretending, pretense, simulation, speciality, specialness, specialty



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Man"ner*ism\, n. [Cf. F. mani['e]risme.]
Adherence to a peculiar style or manner; a characteristic
mode of action, bearing, or treatment, carried to excess,
especially in literature or art.

      Mannerism is pardonable,and is sometimes even
      agreeable, when the manner, though vicious, is natural
      . . . . But a mannerism which does not sit easy on the
      mannerist, which has been adopted on principle, and
      which can be sustained only by constant effort, is
      always offensive.                        --Macaulay.

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