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Synonyms of literal in English:


  • 1 those who believe in the literal truth of the biblical Genesis it is unique, in the literal sense of that word
    strict, factual, plain, simple, bare, exact, straightforward, stark;
    objective, narrow, correct, true, truthful, faithful, accurate, genuine, authentic, veritable, veracious, gospel
    [Antonyms] metaphorical, figurative, loose, approximate
  • 2 a literal translation
    [Antonyms] loose, liberal, vague
  • 3 his literal, unrhetorical manner
    literal-minded, down-to-earth, factual, matter-of-fact, no-nonsense, unsentimental, level-headed, hard-headed;
    prosaic, unimaginative, colourless, pedestrian, tedious, boring, dull, humdrum, uninspired, uninspiring, prosy
    [Antonyms] whimsical
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  • William read through the article, correcting two literals
    misprint, error, mistake, slip, slip of the pen, printing/typographical/typesetting/keyboarding/keying/typing error, corrigendum, erratum
    informal typo, howler
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