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Meaning & Definition of Literal in English

English

Literal

/lɪtərəl/

noun

1. A mistake in printed matter resulting from mechanical failures of some kind

    synonym:
  • misprint
  • ,
  • erratum
  • ,
  • typographical error
  • ,
  • typo
  • ,
  • literal error
  • ,
  • literal

adjective

1. 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"
    synonym:
  • actual
  • ,
  • genuine
  • ,
  • literal
  • ,
  • real

2. Without interpretation or embellishment

  • "A literal depiction of the scene before him"
    synonym:
  • literal

3. Limited to the explicit meaning of a word or text

  • "A literal translation"
    synonym:
  • literal

4. Avoiding embellishment or exaggeration (used for emphasis)

  • "It's the literal truth"
    synonym:
  • literal

Examples of using

Don't take it too literally.
He explained the literal meaning of the sentence.
I took it in a literal sense.