literalistic

literalism

[lit-er-uh-liz-uhm]
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:
1635–45; literal + -ism

literalist, noun
literalistic, adjective
literalistically, adverb
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literalism (ˈlɪtərəˌlɪzəm)
 
n
1.  the disposition to take words and statements in their literal sense
2.  literal or realistic portrayal in art or literature
 
'literalist
 
n
 
literal'istic
 
adj
 
literal'istically
 
adv

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