from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person who adheres to the literal representation of a statement or law.
  • n. A person who translates text literally.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who adheres to the letter or exact word; an interpreter according to the letter.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who adheres to the letter or exact word; an interpreter according to the letter.
  • n. In art, an exact copyist; one who draws or paints with unimaginative exactness.


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  • Some literalist is probably at this moment self-inflicting a herniated disc with head-shaking and complaining that anabolic steroids weren't synthesized until around the 1930s.

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  • The initial panels are setup to the joke that the so-called literalist in the strip isn't actually taking EVERYTHING literally, just the elements that he wants to take literally.

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  • I did hear enough to learn that Enyart is a young earth creationist and Biblical literalist, which is enough to indicate that he's pretty damned ignorant.


  • I find this to be a kind of literalist approach to Wyeth's painting, as if the subject of a poem were the words.

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  • The "literalist" argument had legs, but its feet are full of self-inflicted gunshot wounds.


  • The word 'literalist' has no more meaning than that of the context in which it has been used - ie that the historicists position is a position that is taking a literal approach to the gospel Jesus - in contrast to the mythicist position which is taking a non-literal approach.

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  • As for slavery, I am not sure that a 'literalist' reading of the Bible does lead to affirmation of slavery.

    Blair on 'doing God'

  • When he turns to the creation stories and their relationship to the controversies over evolution, his insights are articulated in a striking and helpful way: "Making a protoscientific treatise of this song, thus depriving it of its grand resonance, suggests that a "literalist" reading of the Bible is not reading the Bible at all" p.192.

    Archive 2008-12-01

  • Former president George W. Bush, a born-again Christian, is among those who say evolutionary theory does not fully explain the Earth's creation, though the ex-president also noted he is not a "literalist" when it comes to the Bible.

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  • I'm no fanatical constitutional "literalist" or textualist, but the 6th Amendment seems to very clearly say that you have the right "to be confronted with the witnesses against" you.

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