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Definition of Literal

Literal

  1. According to the letter or verbal expression; real; not figurative or metaphorical; as, the literal meaning of a phrase.
  2. Following the letter or exact words; not free.
  3. Consisting of, or expressed by, letters.
  4. Giving a strict or literal construction; unimaginative; matter-of fast; -- applied to persons.
  5. Literal meaning.

Literal Quotations

A lot of us grow up and we grow out of the literal interpretation that we get when we're children, but we bear the scars all our life. Whether they're scars of beauty or scars of ugliness, it's pretty much in the eye of the beholder.
Stephen King

The human being is in the most literal sense a political animal, not merely a gregarious animal, but an animal which can individuate itself only in the midst of society.
Karl Marx

Enthusiasm is the energy and force that builds literal momentum of the human soul and mind.
Bryant H. McGill

Woe to the makers of literal translations, who by rendering every word weaken the meaning! It is indeed by so doing that we can say the letter kills and the spirit gives life.
Voltaire

When I was thinking about The Lion King, I said, we have to do what theater does best. What theater does best is to be abstract and not to do literal reality.
Julie Taymor
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Literal Translations

literal in Dutch is woordelijk, letterlijk
literal in French is textuel
literal in Italian is letteralmente, letterale
literal in Norwegian is ordrett, bokstavelig
literal in Spanish is literal
literal in Swedish is ordagrann, ordagrann, bokstavlig