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Literalism  n.  
That which accords with the letter; a mode of interpreting literally; adherence to the letter.
(Fine Arts) The tendency or disposition to represent objects faithfully, without abstraction, conventionalities, or idealization.

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"Literalism" Quotes from Famous Books

... literalism, for example, to the point at which for centuries the Church has sought to apply it—the indissolubility of marriage. It is admitted that since a phrase, of however doubtful authority, does make an exception in favour of divorce for adultery, the Church can recognize a law in this sense. But if ...
— Sex And Common-Sense • A. Maude Royden

... she had an instinctive sense that her father knew a great deal more than Gaston could tell him even about the work he had committed to him, and also that there was in such punctual settlements an eagerness, a literalism, totally foreign to Mr. Dosson's domestic habits and to which he would even have imputed a certain pettifogging provinciality—treatable however with dry humour. If Gaston had cooled off he wanted at least to be able to say that he had rendered them services in America; ...
— The Reverberator • Henry James

... the English limitation of its meaning seems to me convenient, seeing we have the general terms "unwell" and "ill" ready to hand. Again, the New York Press authority follows Freeman in wishing to eject the word "ovation" from the language; surely a ridiculous literalism. It is true we do not sacrifice a sheep at a modern "ovation," but neither (for example) do we judge by the flight of birds when we declare the circumstances to be "auspicious" for such and such an undertaking. Again, we are never to "retire" for the night, but always to "go to bed." ...
— America To-day, Observations and Reflections • William Archer

Words linked to "Literalism" :   tendency, school of thought, disposition, philosophical system, philosophy, doctrine, ism

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