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Adjective: literal  li-tu-rul
  1. Being or reflecting the essential or genuine character of something
    "a literal solitude like a desert";
    - actual, genuine, real
     
  2. Limited to the explicit meaning of a word or text
    "a literal translation"
     
  3. Without interpretation or embellishment
    "a literal depiction of the scene before him"
     
  4. Avoiding embellishment or exaggeration (used for emphasis)
    "it's the literal truth"
Noun: literal  li-tu-rul
  1. A mistake in printed matter resulting from mechanical failures of some kind
    - misprint, erratum, typographical error, typo, literal error

Sounds like: list, Lieral, litt

Derived forms: literals

See also: denotative, exact, explicit, plain, true, unrhetorical

Type of: error, mistake

Antonym: figurative

Encyclopedia: Literal