What is the meaning of literal?



  • Being or reflecting the essential or genuine character of something.
    • usage: "her actual motive"; "a literal solitude like a desert- G. K. Chesterton; "a genuine dilemma"
  • Without interpretation or embellishment.
    • usage: "a literal depiction of the scene before him"
  • Limited to the explicit meaning of a word or text.
    • usage: "a literal translation"
  • Avoiding embellishment or exaggeration (used for emphasis. )
    • usage: "it's the literal truth"
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APAWordNet. (2010). literal. Retrieved May 27, 2019, from http://smartdefine.org/literal/definitions/1177641
ChicagoWordNet. 2010. "literal" http://smartdefine.org/literal/definitions/1177641 (accessed May 27, 2019).
HarvardWordNet 2010, literal, Smart Define, viewed 27 May, 2019, <http://smartdefine.org/literal/definitions/1177641>.
MLAWordNet. "literal" 23 October 2010. Web. 27 May 2019. <http://smartdefine.org/literal/definitions/1177641>
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