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literality

[lit-uh-ral-i-tee]
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noun, plural lit·er·al·i·ties.
  1. the quality or state of being literal; literalness.
  2. a literal interpretation.

Origin of literality

First recorded in 1640–50; literal + -ity
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Examples from the Web for literality

Historical Examples

  • We would not have him bound by any precedent or any self-imposed law of literality.

    Imaginary Interviews

    W. D. Howells

  • I say literality,not fidelity, which is by no means the same thing.

  • When the vision faded he took refuge in symbolism or literality.

    Pot-Boilers

    Clive Bell

  • There is no mystery about them; they'll depose to the literality of the symptoms.

  • I shall not attempt to describe it more than I have already done; for the most absorbing wonder of it was its literality.

    The Germ

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