FORMALITY in a Sentence

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 Meanings and Examples of FORMALITY
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 n.  quality or condition of being formal; something done just for form's sake
Classic Sentence: (90 in 7 pages)
1  Precisely at that point it vanished--and I was looking at an elegant young rough-neck, a year or two over thirty, whose elaborate formality of speech just missed being absurd.
The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald
Context  Highlight   In Chapter 3
2  He was saying some last word to her but the eagerness in his manner tightened abruptly into formality as several people approached him to say goodbye.
The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald
Context  Highlight   In Chapter 3
3  Mrs. Ferrars was a little, thin woman, upright, even to formality, in her figure, and serious, even to sourness, in her aspect.
Sense and Sensibility By Jane Austen
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER 34
4  Her voice was raised questioningly, as though she hung on Gerald's assent to her plan, a mere formality but one dear to the heart of Gerald.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER II
5  She maintained an air of cool indifference that could speedily change to icy formality if anyone even dared hint about the matter.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER LV
6  Edna felt that they might have dispensed with the formality.
The Awakening By Kate Chopin
Context  Highlight   In XXXIII
7  'A simple formality,' assured me the secretary, with an air of taking an immense part in all my sorrows.
Heart of Darkness By Joseph Conrad
Context  Highlight   In I
8  He stated with a good deal of formality that had we not been 'of the same profession,' he would have kept the matter to himself without regard to consequences.
Heart of Darkness By Joseph Conrad
Context  Highlight   In III
9  The prince walked in quickly and jauntily as was his wont, as if intentionally contrasting the briskness of his manners with the strict formality of his house.
War and Peace(V1) By Leo Tolstoy
Context  Highlight   In BOOK 1: CHAPTER XXVII
10  The young officer was evidently exercising his duties for the first or second time and therefore treated both his superiors and the men with great precision and formality.
War and Peace(V4) By Leo Tolstoy
Context  Highlight   In BOOK 10: CHAPTER XXXI
11  Such and such a formality or action, which, in any other situation would have appeared merely a deference to him, now seemed insipidity, and he nerved himself against it.
Les Misérables (V3) By Victor Hugo
Context  Highlight   In BOOK 5: CHAPTER II—MARIUS POOR
12  When this formality was ended, as her duties called her to chapel, she left the two young women alone.
The Three Musketeers By Alexandre Dumas
13  The singularity of this step, and above all its formality, had not a little surprised the banker, who had immediately obeyed his daughter by repairing first to the drawing-room.
The Count of Monte Cristo By Alexandre Dumas
Context  Highlight   In Chapter 95. Father and Daughter.
14  Aye, that is just like your formality and discretion.
Pride and Prejudice By Jane Austen
Context  Highlight   In Chapter 39
15  It irritated her so much that during one formal call she aped Gerald's brogue to her aunt's distress.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Context  Highlight   In CHAPTER VII
Example Sentence: (56 in 4 pages)
16  In a formal interview, try to maintain good eye contact with the interviewers.
17  I am the formal leader of the project but the everyday management is in the hands of my assistant.
18  He gave a formal bow and left the room.
19  He kept the tone of the letter formal and businesslike.
20  No formal record of the marriage now survives.
21  A notice informed the guests that formal dress was required.
22  Jeans are not appropriate for a formal party.
23  The garden is laid out in a formal pattern.
24  The staff say there is no formal structure for negotiating pay increases.
25  There are several precedents for promoting people who don't have formal qualifications.
26  They decided to put their relationship on a more formal footing.
27  The job does not require any formal training.
28  She has a very formal manner, which can seem unfriendly.
29  The letter is written in a formal style.
30  He writes in a formal and rather stilted style.