What is the definition of literal?

Definitions for literal

  • adjective - without interpretation or embellishment; "a literal depiction of the scene before him"
  • adjective - limited to the explicit meaning of a word or text; "a literal translation"
  • adjective - avoiding embellishment or exaggeration (used for emphasis); "it's the literal truth"
  • adjective - being or reflecting the essential or genuine character of something; "her actual motive"; "a literal solitude like a desert"- G.K.Chesterton; "a genuine dilemma"
  • noun - a mistake in printed matter resulting from mechanical failures of some kind
  • Pronounciation of literal

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    Synonyms for literal

    actual genuine real misprint literal error erratum typographical error typo

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    Hypernyms for literal

    error mistake

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    Sounds like literal

    laetrile lateral laterally latterly literal literally litoral littoral