literal

Part of speech: participle

meaning.

Part of speech: adverb

Literally.

Part of speech: noun

Literalness.

Part of speech:

Word for word; not figurative; exact.

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Usage examples "literal":

  1. " I think I mentioned then that I referred to the sea, in the literal sense of the word," she went on. - "The Brightener", C. N. Williamson A. M. Williamson.
  2. It is certain, I believe, that the original stone did not bear the name of Shakespeare, any more than its successor: but it is not certain that the four lines appear upon the new stone in exactly the same literal form as they did upon the old one. - "Shakespeare's Bones", C. M. Ingleby.
  3. I promise that, after the hunt is over, I will describe the proceedings to you with the most literal accuracy. - "The Beetle A Mystery", Richard Marsh.