literalism [lit-er-uh-liz-uh m] ExamplesWord Origin noun
- 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.
Origin of literalism First recorded in 1635–45;+ Related formslit·er·al·ist, nounlit·er·al·is·tic, adjectivelit·er·al·is·ti·cal·ly, adverb Examples from the Web for literalism Contemporary Examples of literalism
Things are so bad that we do not even realize that literalism itself had a different meaning in past epochs.
June 1, 2014
Historical Examples of literalism
It is literalism, however, which bears the brunt of his attack.
Flora Ross Amos
This was so deep a conviction of her soul, that she had little patience with literalism.
J. Breckenridge Ellis
They are immobilised by the dead weight of Biblical literalism.
Neville Stuart Talbot
Literalism and fanaticism are not vices confined to any one sect.
The literalism of the Panorama has lately been invaded by an effort toward the Ideal.
British Dictionary definitions for literalism literalism noun
- the disposition to take words and statements in their literal sense
- literal or realistic portrayal in art or literature
Derived Formsliteralist, nounliteralistic, adjectiveliteralistically, adverb