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  Definition of literal
  1. a mistake in printed matter resulting from mechanical failures of some kind
  2. without interpretation or embellishment; "a literal translation of the scene before him"
  3. (of a translation) corresponding word for word with the original; "literal translation of the article"; "an awkward word-for-word translation"
  4. limited to the explicit meaning of a word or text; "a literal translation"
  5. of the clearest kind; usually used for emphasis; "it''s the literal truth"; "a matter of investment, pure and simple"
  6. lacking stylistic embellishment; "a literal description"; "wrote good but plain prose"; "a plain unadorned account of the coronation"; "a forthright unembellished style"
  7. 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"
Similar Words: misprint, erratum, typographical error, typo, literal error, word-for-word, pure and simple, plain, unembellished, actual, genuine, real

 

See Also: exact, unrhetorical

 

Derivational Morphology: misprint

 

Anagrams: retrial, atelier, trailer

 

 
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