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English adjective: literal

1. literal being or reflecting the essential or genuine character of something


SamplesHer actual motive.
A literal solitude like a desert.
A genuine dilemma.


Synonymsactual, genuine, real


Similartrue


Antonymsfalse

2. literal without interpretation or embellishment


SamplesA literal depiction of the scene before him.


Similarexact


Antonymsinexact

3. literal limited to the explicit meaning of a word or text


SamplesA literal translation.


Similardenotative, explicit


See alsoexact, unrhetorical


Antonymsfigurative, nonliteral

4. literal avoiding embellishment or exaggeration (used for emphasis)


SamplesIt's the literal truth.


Similarplain


Antonymsfancy


English noun: literal

1. literal (communication) a mistake in printed matter resulting from mechanical failures of some kind


Synonymserratum, literal error, misprint, typo, typographical error


Broader (hypernym)error, mistake









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