Mannerism

Definition of Mannerism

Man´ner`ism
n.1.Adherence to a peculiar style or manner; a characteristic mode of action, bearing, behavior, or treatment of others.
2.Adherence to a peculiar style or manner 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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