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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

I once saw a forklift lift a crate of forks. And it was way to literal for me.
Mitch Hedberg

The month of Ramadan is the world's most widespread fast and yet its teachings are minimised, neglected and even betrayed (through literal application of rules that overlooks their ultimate objective).
Tariq Ramadan

I don't try to call myself a poet. But I know that my stuff is pretty literal, in that the themes are pretty simple and on the surface.
Bo Burnham

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

I have yet to find a faithful tithe payer who cannot testify that in a very literal and wonderful way the windows of Heaven have been opened and blessings have been poured out upon him or her.
Gordon B. Hinckley
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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
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