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literalism

[lit-er-uh-liz-uh m] /ˈlɪt ər əˌlɪz əm/
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.
Origin
1635-1645
1635-45; literal + -ism
Related forms
literalist, noun
literalistic, adjective
literalistically, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for literalists

literalism

/ˈlɪtərəˌlɪzəm/
noun
1.
the disposition to take words and statements in their literal sense
2.
literal or realistic portrayal in art or literature
Derived Forms
literalist, noun
literalistic, adjective
literalistically, adverb
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