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Meaning of word literal from English dictionary with examples, synonyms and antonyms.

literal   noun

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

Synonyms : erratum, literal error, misprint, typo, typographical error

literal   adjective

Meaning : Being or reflecting the essential or genuine character of something.

Example : Her actual motive.
A literal solitude like a desert.
A genuine dilemma.

Synonyms : actual, genuine, real

Meaning : Without interpretation or embellishment.

Example : A literal depiction of the scene before him.

Meaning : Limited to the explicit meaning of a word or text.

Example : A literal translation.

(used of the meanings of words or text) not literal. Using figures of speech.

Figurative language.
figurative, nonliteral

Meaning : Avoiding embellishment or exaggeration (used for emphasis).

Example : It's the literal truth.