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Formalism is a style, especially in art, in which great attention is paid to the outward form or appearance rather than to the inner reality or significance of things.      n-uncount  
  formalist      adj   ADJ n based on formalist principles.     
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characterizing a person who relies too much on academic learning or who is overly concerned with minor details, rules or formalisms
Ex: Our company doesn't like to deal with this work supervisor because they say he's too draconian and quite pedantic.
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