noun the literal interpretation of words.
literalist noun
literalistic adjective

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  • Literalism — Lit er*al*ism (l[i^]t [ e]r*al*[i^]z m), n. 1. That which accords with the letter; a mode of interpreting literally; adherence to the letter. [1913 Webster] 2. (Fine Arts) The tendency or disposition to represent objects faithfully, without… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • literalism — [lit′ər əliz΄əm] n. 1. the tendency or disposition to take words, statements, etc. in their literal sense 2. thoroughgoing realism in art literalist n. literalistic adj …   English World dictionary

  • Literalism — *Scriptural literalism in religious fundamentalism *in translation, the principle of aiming at a literal translation *Literalism (music), a late 20th century method of composing music using physical representations of elements of musical… …   Wikipedia

  • literalism — literalist, n. literalistic, adj. literalistically, adv. /lit euhr euh liz euhm/, n. 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 …   Universalium

  • literalism — noun Date: 1644 1. adherence to the explicit substance of an idea or expression < biblical literalism > 2. fidelity to observable fact ; realism • literalist noun • literalistic adjective …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • literalism — noun The style of art portraying a subject as literally and accurately as possible …   Wiktionary

  • literalism —    See interpretation …   Islamic philosophy dictionary

  • literalism — lit·er·al·ism …   English syllables

  • literalism —  Буквализм …   Вестминстерский словарь теологических терминов

  • literalism — lit•er•al•ism [[t]ˈlɪt ər əˌlɪz əm[/t]] n. 1) adherence to the exact letter or to the literal sense, as in translation or interpretation 2) exact representation or portrayal, without idealization, as in art or literature • Etymology: 1635–45… …   From formal English to slang

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