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lit·er·al·ism

 (lĭt′ər-ə-lĭz′əm)
n.
1. Adherence to the explicit sense of a given text or doctrine.
2. Literal portrayal; realism.

lit′er·al·ist n.
lit′er·al·is′tic adj.

literalism

(ˈlɪtərəˌlɪzəm)
n
1. the disposition to take words and statements in their literal sense
2. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) literal or realistic portrayal in art or literature
3. (Art Terms) literal or realistic portrayal in art or literature
ˈliteralist n
ˌliteralˈistic adj
ˌliteralˈistically adv

lit•er•al•ism

(ˈlɪt ər əˌlɪz əm)

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.
[1635–45]
lit′er•al•ist, n.
lit`er•al•is′tic, adj.

literalism

1. fundamentalism.
2. Scripturalism. — literalist, n., adj.
See also: Bible
the practice or theory of following the letter or literal sense of something written. — literalist, n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.literalism - the doctrine of realistic (literal) portrayal in art or literature
doctrine, ism, philosophical system, philosophy, school of thought - a belief (or system of beliefs) accepted as authoritative by some group or school
2.literalism - a disposition to interpret statements in their literal sense
inclination, tendency, disposition - an attitude of mind especially one that favors one alternative over others; "he had an inclination to give up too easily"; "a tendency to be too strict"
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There was the same literalism, the same passionate intensity, the same apocalyptic violence as now" - Historian David Starkey describing Henry VIII's break with Rome as a "Tudor Brexit".
There was the same literalism, the same passionate intensity, the same apocalyptic violence as now" - Historian David Starkey, above, describing Henry VIII's break with Rome as a "Tudor Brexit".
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