literal

adjective

literal


1. In accordance with the explicit or primary meaning of a word or phrase, not its metaphorical meaning.


2. Word for word; verbatim


3. Concerned mainly with facts; unimaginative




synonyms:


  • accurate
  • actual
  • true




antonyms:


  • unreal
  • falsified
  • figurative


sentences:

1. The story she told was basically true, even if it wasn't the literal truth.


2. He had to explain that the literal meaning of the phrase didn't make any sense because it was used as an expression.

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Ellen Takes Things Literally