Meaning of literal

Definition of literal

(adj) 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"
(noun) a mistake in printed matter resulting from mechanical failures of some kind

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