an·​ti-for·​mal·​ist ˌan-tē-ˈfȯr-mə-list How to pronounce anti-formalist (audio)
variants or antiformalist
: 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.
anti-formalism noun
or antiformalism
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

Word History

First Known Use

1831, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of anti-formalist was in 1831

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“Anti-formalist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Mar. 2023.

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