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legalism

strict adherence to the law, esp the stressing of the letter of the law rather than its spirit
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After discussing the Marian tale as genre, he devotes one chapter each to five sets of examples and demonstrates how Marian piety comforted multiple audiences faced with the increasingly stringent, distancing legalisms of the Gregorian Revolution.
Mr Bush said: "I'll listen to all the legalisms and announce my decision.
Such legalisms may be necessary because gay men and lesbians are protected against employment discrimination in New York City and because Tove Luth, the woman who held the general manager position just prior to Bell, is also suing Helmsley, charging that she was paid less than men in comparable jobs at the company.
I hope the Congress does not get caught up in the stale, old process argument of the legalisms involved with encouraging organizations of faith to help people in need," Bush said.
A system of justice, it seems to me, should not be based on technicalities and legalisms.
Our times still try to hide behind legalisms and euphemisms, but what they cover up are more serious matters than ever.
A president captive to legalisms forces us to hem in the office of the presidency with laws.
Portia explicitly begs Antonio to make the theoretical Christian move beyond law for which she is better known to audiences than for her contractual legalisms.
In and of itself the ethical falls away into lifeless legalisms.
Senator Legarda observed that lawyers can argue ad infinitum on legalisms.
In the same speech, Momtaz went beyond these legalisms, intimating that in Iranian decisionmaking the interests of the republic trump international law.
How tragic that the legalisms of canon law, not written in stone, are allowed to obscure the fullness of the light.