an·​ti-for·​mal·​ist | \ ˌan-tē-ˈfȯr-mə-list How to pronounce anti-formalist (audio) , ˌan-tī- \
variants: or antiformalist

Definition of anti-formalist

: opposed to formalism This would make nonsense of those anti-formalist claims that denigrate the study of form by seeking to empty form out, excluding all worldly relations from it.— William V. Spansos et al.

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anti-formalism or antiformalism \ ˌan-​tē-​ˈfȯr-​mə-​ˌli-​zəm How to pronounce antiformalism (audio) , ˌan-​tī-​ \ noun
It was not long ago that Surrealism was widely dismissed. Modernists had little use for the movement's anti-formalism, for its concerns with things like disorder, excess and exotica. — Michael Kimmelman

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1831, in the meaning defined above

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“Anti-formalist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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