What does mannerism mean?

Definitions for mannerismˈmæn əˌrɪz əm

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word mannerism.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. idiosyncrasy, foible, mannerism(noun)

    a behavioral attribute that is distinctive and peculiar to an individual

  2. affectation, mannerism, pose, affectedness(noun)

    a deliberate pretense or exaggerated display


  1. mannerism(Noun)

    A group of verbal or other unconscious habitual behaviors peculiar to an individual.

  2. mannerism(Noun)

    Exaggerated or effected style in art, speech, or other behavior.

  3. mannerism(Noun)

    In literature, an ostentatious and unnatural style of the second half of the sixteenth century. In the contemporary criticism, described as a negation of the classicist equilibrium, pre-Baroque, and deforming expressiveness.

  4. mannerism(Noun)

    In fine art, a style that is inspired by previous models, aiming to reproduce subjects in an expressive language.

  5. Mannerism(Noun)

    A style of art developed at the end of the High Renaissance, characterized by the deliberate distortion and exaggeration of perspective and especially the elongation of figures.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mannerism(noun)

    adherence to a peculiar style or manner; a characteristic mode of action, bearing, or treatment, carried to excess, especially in literature or art

  2. Origin: [Cf. F. manirisme.]


  1. Mannerism

    Mannerism is a period of European art that emerged from the later years of the Italian High Renaissance around 1520. It lasted until about 1580 in Italy, when the Baroque style began to replace it, but Northern Mannerism continued into the early 17th century. Stylistically, Mannerism encompasses a variety of approaches influenced by, and reacting to, the harmonious ideals associated with artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, and early Michelangelo. While High Renaissance explored harmonious ideals, Mannerism wanted to go a step further. Mannerism is notable for its intellectual sophistication as well as its artificial qualities. Mannerism favours compositional tension and instability rather than the balance and clarity of earlier Renaissance painting. Mannerism in literature and music is notable for its highly florid style and intellectual sophistication. The definition of Mannerism, and the phases within it, continues to be the subject of debate among art historians. For example, some scholars have applied the label to certain early modern forms of literature and music of the 16th and 17th centuries. The term is also used to refer to some Late Gothic painters working in northern Europe from about 1500 to 1530, especially the Antwerp Mannerists—a group unrelated to the Italian movement. Mannerism also has been applied by analogy to the Silver Age of Latin literature.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of mannerism in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of mannerism in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Martin Thomas Barrett:

    He was a gentleman. He was sweet. He just had a nice, mellow mannerism to him.

  2. Suzanne Jimenez Diaz:

    He was a normal kid. He was very popular, a very bright student. The other kids liked to play with him. He was good in sports, he was a gentleman. He was sweet. He just had a nice, mellow mannerism to him.

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