Is there a command to nullify, override or cancel any font style in the text in braces?

Something like:

\nullifystyle{sample text: \textit{this should be not italic} and \textbf{this should be not bold}}

\normalfont, \textnormal,\textup and \upshapedo the very opposite. See: How to set not italic or not bold?

Use case: I need it to recall pieces of text from other part of the document, but to override the font style. A MWE would be:



\newcommand{\nullifystyle}{???} %is there already a command for this? or how to define it?

\newcommand{\textsample} {some normal text, \textit{some italic} and \textbf{some bold}}

Here I would like to write \textsample. \par

Here  \nullifystyle{\textsample} \ should be typed  totally with normal font style.

  • What exactly do you want to do, i.e. what's the use case for this?
    – remco
    Mar 21, 2018 at 9:52
  • @remco I edited the question with a MWE, thanks
    – peppino
    Mar 21, 2018 at 10:50
  • I still don't see in what kind of situations you would use this. Is it possible to enlighten us? The best thing I can think of is something like "note that if you send the text given above in a telegram, it will lose the formatting and just look like this: ...".
    – pst
    Mar 21, 2018 at 12:48
  • 1
    @pst in the document I'm compiling I decided that Section Titles must not have any word in italic (e.g. foreign words). But when i recall section title name with \nameref the italic words must be correctly typesetted. So this command is pretty useful.
    – peppino
    Mar 21, 2018 at 12:56

2 Answers 2


Locally redefine \selectfont not to honor changes in shape and series:




\nullifystyle{sample \emph{text}: \textit{this should be not italic}
  and \textbf{this should be not bold}\textsuperscript{test}}


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It works the same if you use a macro like in your example

\newcommand{\sampletext}{sample \emph{text}: \textit{this should be not italic}
  and \textbf{this should be not bold}\textsuperscript{test}}

  • This also works pretty well!
    – peppino
    Mar 21, 2018 at 11:14
  • @peppino It doesn't require to know in advance what commands to nullify.
    – egreg
    Mar 21, 2018 at 11:16

You could redefine the commands that you need to nullify something like the following.



\textit{This should be italic} and \textbf{this should be bold}.

\nullifystyle{\textit{This should not be italic} and \textbf{this
    should not be bold}}.

\textit{This should be italic} and \textbf{this should be bold}.

But I think it would be best if you explained something of what you need this for, and then probably a better solution can be suggested.

  • your solution works very well. I added a MWE to my question to give more context and see if other solutions are possible.
    – peppino
    Mar 21, 2018 at 11:06

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