literal interpretation

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Noun1.literal interpretation - an interpretation based on the exact wording
interpretation - an explanation that results from interpreting something; "the report included his interpretation of the forensic evidence"
letter - a strictly literal interpretation (as distinct from the intention); "he followed instructions to the letter"; "he obeyed the letter of the law"
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"I know lots of people in this country who do take a literal interpretation of Islam.
The clash is mainly between conservatives who insist on seeing the crescent with the naked eye, in line with a literal interpretation of Islamic principles.
The marriage of the literal interpretation of the lyrics of Eraserheads' 'Ang Huling El Bimbo' (a massively popular track from their 1996 'Cutterpillow' album) with its cryptic music video somehow gave birth to the latest hit musical of the same title by Full House Theater Company.
Nuance is important and literal interpretation is not always intended.
The literal interpretation justifies the use of terminology such as plants "decide," bacteria communicate "linguistically," and neurons "prefer." A literal extension of psychological predicates would provide a unified account across a wide range of new discoveries in the biological sciences.
In the case of the Law, its spirit is often violated due to a literal interpretation of its letter.
The cover, featuring Lavigne in a white sleeveless dress with a plunging neckline, is a literal interpretation of the track's title.
We often use the term "literal interpretation," referring to the opinion that the days of creation were consecutive 24-hour days, and therefore that the creation of the earth and the entire universe occurred only about 120 hours before the creation of Adam, a few thousand years ago.
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His reading of the magical works leads him to a new, literal interpretation of Bruno's statements on the day of his execution, that his soul would rise with smoke to paradise.
The Catholic Church does not teach a literal interpretation of the creation story and stresses that the story employed "figurative language [but] affirms a primeval event, a deed that took place at the beginning of the history of man."