Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state of being literal.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The quality or state of being literal; literal import.

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  • noun The property of being literal.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun adhereing to the concrete construal of something

Etymologies

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literal +‎ -ness

Examples

  • He would often gently deride a certain American literalness that I do possess – a need to ask questions all the damn time, and analyse situations a little too much.

    A Special Relationship

  • He would often gently deride a certain American literalness that I do possess – a need to ask questions all the damn time, and analyse situations a little too much.

    A Special Relationship

  • His stated purpose is to emphasize the relation of words to their objects, that is, the literalness of the "real language of men."

    Wordsworth’s Balladry: Real Men Wanted

  • Biblical "literalness" consists in interpreting the Bible contextually, and straightforwardly where the context allows.

    Darwin "Replaced God?"

  • But literalness gave rise to some fine ideas, like casting Gabriel Lautaro Osuna, a flamenco singer, as Mario's father.

    Domingo's tenor lifts respectable, but too literal, 'Il Postino' by Daniel Catán

  • YOu really need help — this is literalness to a pathological level.

    Matthew Yglesias » Feel the Kausmentum

  • The life and sayings of Johnson were so replete with ironies that perhaps it is no surprise to find literalness exacting its effect over the course of time.

    Demons and Dictionaries

  • The life and sayings of Johnson were so replete with ironies that perhaps it is no surprise to find literalness exacting its effect over the course of time.

    Demons and Dictionaries

  • Some of his devotees were depressed by the literalness of the subject matter, which is a quasi-autobiographical account of being 13 years old and an inmate in a Japanese internment camp in Shanghai.

    The Catastrophist

  • Some of his devotees were depressed by the literalness of the subject matter, which is a quasi-autobiographical account of being 13 years old and an inmate in a Japanese internment camp in Shanghai.

    The Catastrophist

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