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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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How, for instance, does one graft formal syntax onto anecdotal style and avoid ending up with a stiltedness that entirely loses the charm of the original?
13) This stiltedness, argues Millard, arises because Davidson is drawing upon conventional associations of "Englishness" in order to create a scene of an environment which remains alien to him.
But longer viewing betrays a stiltedness, as if the women cannot get out of their subtle caricatures to communicate or touch one another in any genuine way.
Led by the wondrous Shane Williams, Wales threw off the shackles of almost a decade-and-a-half of ordinary and often shambolic stiltedness.
Thus, the impressionistic description of the sunset at Balbec contrasts sharply not only with the stiltedness and vacuousness of the "arty" conversation, but also with the cruelly uncompromising description of the marquise's inability to retain her saliva and the comically embarrassing scene with the lift-attendant (p.
The banging rhymes do not detract from the exact stiltedness of `achieve the sense of stilts' or the strange exclamation after `quilts'.