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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR LITERAL

No one will claim that it is used in its literal sense of "seed," in the text.

This lyrical vision restores it, whole, complete, and literal.

This literal quotation from the frank Mr. Calvin caused a sensation.

His statement concerning Mrs. Black was not the literal truth.

And this remark, intended to be facetious, was after all pretty close to the literal truth.

Milton is too literary, and Homer too literal and historical.

"She never will be tall, I'm afraid," said the literal mother.

"North-east," grunted the literal MacWhirr, from his side of the bridge.

"Make me a literal translation of that letter," said Sedley.

This statement is not to be accepted as a satiric fable, but as a literal fact.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., "taking words in their natural meaning" (originally in reference to Scripture and opposed to mystical or allegorical), from Old French literal and directly from Late Latin literalis/litteralis "of or belonging to letters or writing," from Latin litera/littera "letter, alphabetic sign; literature, books" (see letter (n.1)). Meaning "of or pertaining to alphabetic letters" is from late 15c. Sense of "verbally exact" is attested from 1590s, as is application to the primary sense of a word or passage. Literal-minded is attested from 1791.

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