literal literal  /ˈlɪ tə rəl/


  1. (n) a mistake in printed matter resulting from mechanical failures of some kind
  2. (adj) being or reflecting the essential or genuine character of something
  3. (adj) without interpretation or embellishment
  4. (adj) limited to the explicit meaning of a word or text
  5. (adj) avoiding embellishment or exaggeration (used for emphasis)


  1. Architecture is a profession in which the cube and sphere are still the literal building blocks.
  2. The metaphorical answer to this question is more important than the literal, but the literal is irresistibly short: No, unfortunately not.
  3. They finish in a literal pyramid of filth.


  1. Dodgers-Diamondbacks Brawl Shows Mattingly and Company Have Fight Left in Them

    In the literal sense, Tuesday night's brawl in Los Angeles could turn out to be costly for the Dodgers when suspensions are handed down. For the one victory they achieved, vital players, including those on the disabled list, could be lost for more time. Yet the melee in Chavez Ravine showed fight, toughness and grit left in this beaten, injured and battered group of Dodgers. While narratives and ...
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Bleacher Report

  2. Incredible India — Indian Students Association educates, feeds, entertains

    Students and community members alike had a literal taste of India and a glimpse of traditional dance during the annual India Night event Sunday in the University of Idaho Student Union Building ballroom. The Indian Student’s ...
    on June 12, 2013     Source: The Argonaut

  3. Mad Women: 'I'm Not Your Boyfriend'

    Mad Men episode titles have been especially literal this season, haven't they? "Favors," last night's episode, falls in the same naming vein as the previous week's "A Tale of Two Cities," in which the allusions are evident from the start. Can people do things for other people without expectations in return? What's in a favor, anyway? (Plenty.)
    on June 10, 2013     Source: The Atlantic Wire via Yahoo! News


  1. "They work out today. He won't work out and probably will not play tomorrow just as a precaution. This is one of these literal day-to-day [injuries]," Brewers assistant general manager Gord Ash said. "We'll reconnect tomorrow, see how he is...
    on Mar 16, 2009 By: Gord Ash Source: ESPN

  2. "This is the Kennedy court in the most literal, substantive extensive way," Garrow said, adding that Kennedy continued to have a moderating effect on the other conservatives.
    on Jun 29, 2007 By: David Garrow Source: San Diego Union Tribune

  3. The Constitution's father, James Madison said: "With respect to the two words 'general welfare,' I have always regarded them as qualified by the detail of powers connected with them. To take them in a literal and unlimited sense would be a...
    on Dec 10, 2003 By: James Madison Source: WorldNetDaily

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