Synonyms for literal
ˈlɪt ər əllit·er·al
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Wiktionary2.0 / 2 votes
Exactly as stated; read or understood without additional interpretation; according to the letter or verbal expression; real; not figurative or metaphorical.
The literal translation is hands full of bananas but it means empty-handed.
English Synonyms and Antonyms4.0 / 1 vote
Oral (Latin os, the mouth) signifies uttered through the mouth or (in common phrase) by word of mouth; verbal (Latin verbum, a word) signifies of, pertaining to, or connected with words, especially with words as distinguished from the ideas they convey; vocal (Latin vox, the voice) signifies of or pertaining to the voice, uttered or modulated by the voice, and especially uttered with or sounding with full, resonant voice; literal (Latin litera, a letter) signifies consisting of or expressed by letters, or according to the letter, in the broader sense of the exact meaning or requirement of the words used; what is called "the letter of the law" is its literal meaning without going behind what is expressed by the letters on the page. Thus oral applies to that which is given by spoken words in distinction from that which is written or printed; as, oral tradition; an oral examination. By this rule we should in strictness speak of an oral contract or an oral message, but verbal contract and verbal message, as indicating that which is by spoken rather than by written words, have become so fixed in the language that they can probably never be changed; this usage is also in line with other idioms of the language; as, "I give you my word," "a true man's word is as good as his bond," "by word of mouth," etc. A verbal translation may be oral or written, so that it is word for word; a literal translation follows the construction and idiom of the original as well as the words; a literal translation is more than one that is merely verbal; both verbal and literal are opposed to free. In the same sense, of attending to words only, we speak of verbal criticism, a verbal change. Vocal has primary reference to the human voice; as, vocal sounds, vocal music; vocal may be applied within certain limits to inarticulate sounds given forth by other animals than man; as, the woods were vocal with the songs of birds; oral is never so applied, but is limited to articulate utterance regarded as having a definite meaning; as, an oral statement.
Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms0.0 / 0 votes
Princeton's WordNet3.0 / 1 vote
misprint, erratum, typographical error, typo, literal error, literaladjective
a mistake in printed matter resulting from mechanical failures of some kind
actual, genuine, literal, realadjective
being or reflecting the essential or genuine character of something
"her actual motive"; "a literal solitude like a desert"- G.K.Chesterton; "a genuine dilemma"
without interpretation or embellishment
"a literal depiction of the scene before him"
limited to the explicit meaning of a word or text
"a literal translation"
avoiding embellishment or exaggeration (used for emphasis)
"it's the literal truth"
Dictionary of English Synonymes0.0 / 0 votes
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It is not the literal past that rules us, save, possibly, in a biological sense. It is images of the past.
“The literal record was not a hopelessly and imperfect fraction of truly insensible gradation within large populations but an accurate reflection of the actual process identified by evolutionists as the chief motor of biological change. The theory of punctuated equilibrium was, in its initial formulation, little more than this insight adumbrated.”
Enthusiasm is the energy and force that builds literal momentum of the human soul and mind.
We typically tell families that they [right-hemisphere stroke survivors] might have difficulty understanding sarcasm, so it's better just to be literal.
We don’t tend to be literal in our beliefs in Iceland, not even the Christian ones.
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- wörtlich, buchstäblichGerman
- κατά γράμμαGreek
- sananmukainen, kirjaimellinen, sanatarkkaFinnish
- littéral, épistolaireFrench
- alla lettera, letteraleItalian
- 文字通り, 文字上の, 逐語的Japanese
- literaal, strikt, letterlijk, letterDutch
- literal, constantePortuguese
- literally, literalăRomanian
- точный, буквенный, буквальный, дословныйRussian
- ordagrann, bokstavligSwedish
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