Definition of mannerism in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmanərɪz(ə)m/


1A habitual gesture or way of speaking or behaving: learning the great man’s speeches and studying his mannerisms
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  • While Kaufman only met the real Orlean at the end of the shoot, method actor Cage spent time studying his subject's mannerisms.
  • This involved studying the mannerisms of the cartoon version of Daphne.
  • The guy who does the voice of the French Colombo is a legend in his own right, taking what Peter Falk says and adding his own mannerisms and characteristics.
idiosyncrasy, quirk, oddity, foible, trait, peculiarity, habit, characteristic, characteristic gesture, trick
1.1 Psychiatry An ordinary gesture or expression that becomes abnormal through exaggeration or repetition.
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  • Social services staff in Leicester added that he spoke with a soft Irish accent and may be noticeable because of his distinct mannerism of blinking excessively while talking.
2 [mass noun] Excessive use of a distinctive style in art, literature, or music: he seemed deliberately to be stripping his art of mannerism
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  • Miles, the more successful, exaggerated the decorative qualities of his father's style to the point of mannerism.
  • Meier provided her own tone and mannerism for each of these four characters.
  • However, his music failed to evolve stylistically after the early 1830s and he was often charged with mannerism by less sympathetic critics.
3 (Mannerism) [mass noun] A style of 16th-century Italian art preceding the Baroque, characterized by distortions in scale and perspective and the use of bright, often lurid colours. It is particularly associated with the work of Parmigianino, Pontormo, Vasari, and the later Michelangelo.
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  • Ideas from abroad - notably the playful distortions of Italian Mannerism - eventually crowd into the tradition established by Van Eyck, upsetting its careful measure.
  • She had little formal education but travelled widely in Europe where her somewhat dramatic taste led to an interest in Italian Mannerism, German Romanticism, Pre-Raphaelitism, and the decadents.
  • In its writhing poses, the Massacre, in particular, stands out as testament to Bonifacio's avant-garde enthusiasm for Mannerism.



Pronunciation: /ˈmanərɪst/
noun& adjective
Example sentences
  • If anything, as with Mantegna and the Italian mannerists, his height is exaggerated.
  • Stepan shows how the artist also draws on non-African artistic sources, including mannerist motifs by Edvard Munch.
  • The Man Without a Past demonstrates that Kaurismaki's deadpan mannerist style has not only aged well, but also deepened emotionally, tapping into a rich melancholic vein of compassion and tenderness.


Pronunciation: /manəˈrɪstɪk/
Example sentences
  • Maybe there is sometimes a certain wilful ‘artiness’ in some of his music that can become manneristic and a little pretentious.
  • I found that manneristic characteristics were there in the schizophrenic patient and I made this connection between mannerism in art and culture and the mannerism evident in the expressions of my schizophrenic patients.
  • This manneristic behaviour was difficult to control despite behavioural therapy or physical restraint.


Pronunciation: /-ˈrɪstɪk(ə)li/

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