literal ADJECTIVE 1) using or interpreting words in their usual or most basic sense without metaphor or allegory. 2) (of a translation) representing the exact words of the original text. 3) free from distortion. 4) informal absolute (used for emphasis). 5) relating to a letter or letters of the alphabet.
NOUN Brit. Printing a misprint of a letter.
DERIVATIVES literality noun literalize (also literalise) verb literalness noun.
ORIGIN from Latin litera 'letter of the alphabet' .

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