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literal
  • n  a mistake in printed matter resulting from mechanical failures of some kind
  • s  being or reflecting the essential or genuine character of something
    a literal solitude like a desert"- G.K.Chesterton
  • s  without interpretation or embellishment
    a literal depiction of the scene before him
  • a  limited to the explicit meaning of a word or text
    a literal translation
  • s  avoiding embellishment or exaggeration (used for emphasis)
    it's the literal truth
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literary
  • a  of or relating to or characteristic of literature
    literary criticism
  • s  knowledgeable about literature
    a literary style
  • s  appropriate to literature rather than everyday speech or writing
    when trying to impress someone she spoke in an affected literary style
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literate
  • n  a person who can read and write
  • a  able to read and write
  • a  versed in literature; dealing with literature
  • s  knowledgeable and educated in one or several fields
    computer literate
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lithic
  • a  of or containing lithium
  • a  relating to or composed of stone
    lithic sandstone
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lithographic
  • a  of or produced by or involved in lithography
    lithographic reproduction
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lithuanian
  • n  a native or inhabitant of Lithuania
  • n  the official language of Lithuania; belongs to the Baltic branch of Indo-European
  • a  of or relating to or characteristic of Lithuania or its people or language
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litigious
  • a  of or relating to litigation
  • s  inclined or showing an inclination to dispute or disagree, even to engage in law suits
    a litigious and acrimonious spirit
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littered
  • v  strew
    Cigar butts littered the ground
  • v  make a place messy by strewing garbage around
  • v  give birth to a litter of animals
  • s  filled or scattered with a disorderly accumulation of objects or rubbish
    the storm left the drivewaylittered with sticks nd debris
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little
  • n  a small amount or duration
    he accepted the little they gave him
  • a  limited or below average in number or quantity or magnitude or extent
    a little dining room
    a little house
    a little (or small) group
  • a  (quantifier used with mass nouns) small in quantity or degree; not much or almost none or (with `a') at least some
    little rain fell in May
    gave it little thought
    little time is left
    we still have little money
    a little hope remained
  • s  (of children and animals) young, immature
    what a big little boy you are
  • s  (informal) small and of little importance
    a little (or small) matter
  • s  (of a voice) faint
    a little voice
  • a  low in stature; not tall
    a little man
  • s  lowercase
    little a
  • s  small in a way that arouses feelings (of tenderness or its opposite depending on the context)
    a nice little job
    bless your little heart
    my dear little mother
    a sweet little deal
    I'm tired of your petty little schemes
    filthy little tricks
    what a nasty little situation
  • r  not much
    he talked little about his family
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littler
  • s  small or little relative to something else
  • a  limited or below average in number or quantity or magnitude or extent
  • a  (quantifier used with mass nouns) small in quantity or degree; not much or almost none or (with `a') at least some
  • s  (of children and animals) young, immature
  • s  (informal) small and of little importance
  • s  (of a voice) faint
  • a  low in stature; not tall
  • s  lowercase
  • s  small in a way that arouses feelings (of tenderness or its opposite depending on the context)
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littoral
  • n  the region of the shore of a lake or sea or ocean
  • a  of or relating to a coastal or shore region
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livable
  • a  fit or suitable to live in or with
    livable conditions
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