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Underlying these figurative images were literal beliefs. SPICE: The History of a Temptation (2004)That phrase carried rather more than its literal meaning. Times, Sunday Times (2016)This capacity to engage audiences in such a literal way offers a uniquely powerful tool. Times, Sunday Times (2006)She was not referring to it as a criminal matter and not in its literal sense. The Sun (2016)Music cannot tell a story in the same literal way. Times, Sunday Times (2014)In all but a literal sense they were already paying for them with their lives. Times, Sunday Times (2013)It reads as if it is a literal translation from a foreign language. Times, Sunday Times (2014)For decades this was a provincial city in both the literal and derogatory senses of the term. Times, Sunday Times (2015)Best to stick to its literal sense of not guilty. Times, Sunday Times (2006)Wanting you to act like a tiger in bed and trying to dress you like one seems to me too literal a translation. Times, Sunday Times (2010)Perhaps these pragmatic effects do not strictly affect literal sentence meaning, then. The Times Literary Supplement (2012)For me, that has a very literal meaning. Times, Sunday Times (2015)One tended to see it cited mostly as a straw man, a cardinal example of an overly literal approach to literary theory. Tenured Radicals: How Politics Has Corrupted Higher Education (1990)His new building links old and new in a literal way, via two new floors at the top that use predominantly glass. Times, Sunday Times (2009)So I determined to do all my financial transactions in the most doggedly literal and straightforward way possible. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Let's say you know a passage can't be applied in literal terms today. Christianity Today (2000)It ends, in the most literal way, his dictatorship. Times, Sunday Times (2006)
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British English: literal ADJECTIVE
The literal sense of a word or phrase is its most basic sense.
In many cases, the people there are fighting, in a literal sense, for their homes.
Definition of literal from the Collins English Dictionary
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