Etymology
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literalism (n.)

"literal interpretation or understanding," 1640s, from French littéralisme; see literal + -ism. In art, "exact rendering or representation," shading toward "unimaginative exactness."

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Definitions of literalism

literalism (n.)
the doctrine of realistic (literal) portrayal in art or literature;
literalism (n.)
a disposition to interpret statements in their literal sense;
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