literal


literal
/lit"euhr euhl/, adj.
1. in accordance with, involving, or being the primary or strict meaning of the word or words; not figurative or metaphorical: the literal meaning of a word.
2. following the words of the original very closely and exactly: a literal translation of Goethe.
3. true to fact; not exaggerated; actual or factual: a literal description of conditions.
4. being actually such, without exaggeration or inaccuracy: the literal extermination of a city.
5. (of persons) tending to construe words in the strict sense or in an unimaginative way; matter-of-fact; prosaic.
6. of or pertaining to the letters of the alphabet.
7. of the nature of letters.
8. expressed by letters.
9. affecting a letter or letters: a literal error.
n.
10. a typographical error, esp. involving a single letter.
[1350-1400; ME < LL litteralis of letters. See LETTER, AL1]
Syn. 3. truthful, exact, reliable.

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  • literal — (adj.) late 14c., taking words in their natural meaning (originally in reference to Scripture and opposed to mystical or allegorical), from O.Fr. literal and directly from L.L. literalis/litteralis of or belonging to letters or writing, from L.… …   Etymology dictionary

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