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literality

[lit-uh-ral-i-tee] /ˌlɪt əˈræl ɪ ti/
noun, plural literalities.
1.
the quality or state of being literal; literalness.
2.
a literal interpretation.
Origin of literality
1640-1650
First recorded in 1640-50; literal + -ity
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  • 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.

    J. S. Le Fanu's Ghostly Tales, Volume 3

    Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
  • 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 Various
  • Poetry not being an exact science, literality of rendering is altogether secondary to this chief law.

  • He is not to be tied down to literality in his statement of the general working of things.

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

  • There they are, unexaggerated, in their literality, precisely as I conceived them at the time they happened.

    How I Found Livingstone Henry M. Stanley

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