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

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


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