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Synonyms for stilted

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so rigidly constrained, formal, or awkward as to lack all grace and spontaneity

Synonyms for stilted

artificially formal

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Hellboy (Ron Pearlman) and Liz (Selma Blair) are cracking heads and taking names in Guillermo del Toro's fantastical sequel; Martin Lawrence and Raven-Symone try the patience as a road-tripping father and daughter; Comedy spies Anne Hathaway and Steven Carell go underground in Get Smart; Shane Meadows broadens his horizons with the low key and charming Somers Town; Shoot on Sight gets points for tackling a difficult subject, albeit somewhat stiltedly
I wonder whether readers of History Today share my revulsion from: (i) heavily-scripted voice-overs, written in a uniform style and delivered in a uniform tone; (ii) presenters who blot the view; (iii) the tyranny of the autocue; (iv) dramatisations in wardrobe-finery and Wardour-Street English: (v) long shots of archive stills; (vi) a warped words-to-pictures ratio: scripts which start with words researchers are forced to illustrate, instead of being led by the images which are the life-blood of the medium; (vii) interviews in studios, or studios with experts who stare stiltedly at an invisible interlocutor offscreen.
The translation, into contemporary American English, is lucid and readable, and helpfully faithful without being stiltedly slavish.
With an acumen born of his situation, Shelley stiltedly suggests a lull before a violent storm.
What all this has done, being positive, is that it has motivated me to up my efforts every time I go to the gym (and I go more often) because some prehistoric urge makes me want to see my name in the top ten achievers in my facility, as Fitlinxx rather stiltedly puts it.