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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



2. literal without interpretation or embellishment

SamplesA literal depiction of the scene before him.



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.



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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