A gospel it is, in all literalness; an evangel; a message of glad tidings.
Every touch is delightful—although all is literal the literalness is all humour.
He came as a shepherd to a deserted sheepfold; he came to preach the Bible doctrines in their literalness.
But it is perhaps better for avoiding the Charybdis of literalness.
What are the teachings of the Church regarding the literalness of the resurrection?
The Biblical descriptions of heaven she accepted in all their literalness.
Also, because the restrictions of rhyme necessarily injure either the vigour of ones language or the literalness of ones version.
Unhappily for the literalness of the truth, it is Lactantius who tells the story.
The old phrase, indeed, was gaining a new fulfilment: the mountain was coming to Mahomet in all literalness.
Symbolism and literalness, in Dante's time, and in his practice, are simultaneous.
late 14c., "taking words in their natural meaning" (originally in reference to Scripture and opposed to mystical or allegorical), from Old French literal and directly from Late Latin literalis/litteralis "of or belonging to letters or writing," from Latin litera/littera "letter, alphabetic sign; literature, books" (see letter (n.1)). Meaning "of or pertaining to alphabetic letters" is from late 15c. Sense of "verbally exact" is attested from 1590s, as is application to the primary sense of a word or passage. Literal-minded is attested from 1791.