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1. literal

adjective. ['ˈlɪtɝəl'] being or reflecting the essential or genuine character of something.

Synonyms

  • real
  • true
  • genuine

Antonyms

  • good
  • potential
  • unreal
  • noncurrent

Etymology

  • literal (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
  • litteralis (Latin)

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Rhymes with Literal

  • littoral
  • litteral

Sentences with literal


1. Adjective
This might just be the most literal piece of sustainable home decor that we’ve seen to date.

Quotes about literal


1. The sea, the great unifier, is man's only hope. Now, as never before, the old phrase has a literal meaning: we are all in the same boat.
- Jacques Yves Cousteau

2. Who is more humble? The scientist who looks at the universe with an open mind and accepts whatever the universe has to teach us, or somebody who says everything in this book must be considered the literal truth and never mind the fallibility of all the human beings involved?
- Carl Sagan

3. All religions are true but none are literal.
- Joseph Campbell

2. literal

adjective. ['ˈlɪtɝəl'] without interpretation or embellishment.

Antonyms

  • conception

Etymology

  • literal (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
  • litteralis (Latin)

3. literal

adjective. ['ˈlɪtɝəl'] avoiding embellishment or exaggeration (used for emphasis).

Antonyms

  • goodness

Etymology

  • literal (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
  • litteralis (Latin)

4. literal

adjective. ['ˈlɪtɝəl'] limited to the explicit meaning of a word or text.

Synonyms

  • explicit
  • unrhetorical
  • denotative

Antonyms

  • inexact
  • figurative
  • correctness
  • rightness

Etymology

  • literal (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
  • litteralis (Latin)

5. literal

noun. ['ˈlɪtɝəl'] a mistake in printed matter resulting from mechanical failures of some kind.

Synonyms

  • literal error
  • misprint
  • error
  • typo
  • erratum
  • typographical error

Antonyms

  • unrealistic
  • unreality
  • counterfeit
  • insincere

Etymology

  • literal (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
  • litteralis (Latin)
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