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literalism

[lit-er-uh-liz-uh m]
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noun
  1. adherence to the exact letter or the literal sense, as in translation or interpretation: to interpret the law with uncompromising literalism.
  2. a peculiarity of expression resulting from this: The work is studded with these obtuse literalisms.
  3. exact representation or portrayal, without idealization, as in art or literature: a literalism more appropriate to journalism than to the novel.
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Origin of literalism

First recorded in 1635–45; literal + -ism
Related formslit·er·al·ist, nounlit·er·al·is·tic, adjectivelit·er·al·is·ti·cal·ly, adverb
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literalism

noun
  1. the disposition to take words and statements in their literal sense
  2. literal or realistic portrayal in art or literature
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Derived Formsliteralist, nounliteralistic, adjectiveliteralistically, adverb
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