Synonyms of 'formality'
strict observance of ceremonyHer formality and seriousness amused him.
a necessary procedure without real effectThe will was read, but it was a formality.
a social convention
a frequent broadcaster on correct form and dress
matter of form,
He did not follow the correct procedure in applying for a visa.
He was crowned with great ceremony.
The custom of lighting the Olympic flame goes back centuries.
Italian culture revolves around the ritual of eating.
a fertility rite
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in the sense of ceremony
formally polite behaviourHe was crowned with great ceremony.
in the sense of custom
the long-established habits or traditions of a societyThe custom of lighting the Olympic flame goes back centuries.
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