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lit•er•al•ism



Pronunciation: (lit'ur-u-liz"um), [key]
n.
1. adherence to the exact letter or the literal sense, as in translation or interpretation: to interpret the law with uncompromising literalism.
2. a peculiarity of expression resulting from this: The work is studded with these obtuse literalisms.
3. exact representation or portrayal, without idealization, as in art or literature: a literalism more appropriate to journalism than to the novel.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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