literalism

[ lit-er-uh-liz-uh m ]
/ ˈlɪt ər əˌlɪz əm /

noun

adherence to the exact letter or the literal sense, as in translation or interpretation: to interpret the law with uncompromising literalism.
a peculiarity of expression resulting from this: The work is studded with these obtuse literalisms.
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

OTHER WORDS FROM literalism

lit·er·al·ist, nounlit·er·al·is·tic, adjectivelit·er·al·is·ti·cal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for literalism

literalism
/ (ˈlɪtərəˌlɪzəm) /

noun

the disposition to take words and statements in their literal sense
literal or realistic portrayal in art or literature

Derived forms of literalism

literalist, nounliteralistic, adjectiveliteralistically, adverb
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