conventionality conventionality

Definition(s):

  1. (n) conformity with conventional thought and behavior
  2. (n) unoriginality as a result of being too conventional
  3. (n) orthodoxy as a consequence of being conventional

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  1. We shun conventionality, but we put on a uniform to do it.
  2. What he said was like Smollett and Gibbon: Smollett's frankness without his coarseness, and Gibbon's erudition and lucidity without his conventionality.
  3. Mitchell had to fight official inertia and conventionality.

News

  1. Does a Spotless or Messy Desk Influence Behavior?

    Are you the type who keeps your desk clean and tidy, or are you among the crowd that has a desk that appears disorganized? A new psychological study suggests that both styles have strengths and benefits. Working at a clean and prim desk may promote healthy eating, generosity, and conventionality, according to new research. Then [...]
    on August 7, 2013     Source: Psych Central

  2. Tidy desk or messy desk? Each has its benefits

    Working at a clean and prim desk may promote healthy eating, generosity, and conventionality, according to new research. But, the research also shows that a messy desk may confer its own benefits, promoting creative thinking and stimulating new ideas.
    on August 6, 2013     Source: Science Daily

Quotes

  1. "Neil projects his own alienation on to somebody else so that he doesn't have to carry it in his conscious life," Guterson says. "John is projecting his own will towards conventionality on to Neil." "I started with the question...
    on Jun 20, 2008 By: David Guterson Source: The Age

  2. The pseudo-conservative, Adorno writes, shows "conventionality and authoritarian submissiveness" in his conscious thinking and "violence, anarchic impulses, and chaotic destructiveness in the unconscious sphere. . . . The pseudo conservative...
    on Jun 16, 2010 By: Theodor Adorno Source: AlterNet (blog)

  3. In some way, they all felt that "conventionality is deadness," to quote Lady Ottoline Morrell, who was herself what Roiphe describes as "someone with the painful sensitivities of an artist but without the talent."
    on Jul 15, 2007 By: Katie Roiphe Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

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