Examples from the Web for literal
I never hear a Democrat talk about these goods, which are, in the literal sense, indivisible—for us all.The Democrats’ Black Hole—and What They Can Do About It|Michael Tomasky|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
So is the literal “turkey point of view” offered by the GoPros attached to the turkeys as they run around the coop.
“The amount of literal brainwork needed to do his job too such a toll on him that it sent him to an early grave,” Goode says.From ‘The Good Wife’ to ‘The Imitation Game’: Matthew Goode Wages His Charm Offensive|Kevin Fallon|November 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“Air refueling and airlift assets were the literal pinch I am describing here,” the official said.First U.S. Stealth Jet Attack on Syria Cost More Than Indian Mission to Mars|Dave Majumdar|September 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Then the director, Penny Marshall, encouraged him to drop some of the literal behavior and put more of himself into the character.The Stacks: Robin Williams, More Than A Shtick Figure|Joe Morgenstern|August 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A "Permanent World's Fair" may be a phrase distressing to the literal mind.The Art Of The Moving Picture|Vachel Lindsay
They allow no liberty of thought; they believe in literal inspiration.Boer Politics|Yves Guyot
The literal fulfilment of that awful portent was but an incident in the annihilation of the city less than forty years later.Jesus the Christ|James Edward Talmage
It was a literal crucifixion, without the erection of the cross.The Life and Times of Col. Daniel Boone, Hunter, Soldier, and Pioneer|Edward Sylvester Ellis
It will be observed that the Greek is given, and under each Greek word an English equivalent, "as literal as may be to be useful."Defense of the Faith and the Saints (Volume 1 of 2)|B. H. Roberts
British Dictionary definitions for literal
Word Origin for literal
Word Origin and History for literal
late 14c., "taking words in their natural meaning" (originally in reference to Scripture and opposed to mystical or allegorical), from Old French literal and directly from Late Latin literalis/litteralis "of or belonging to letters or writing," from Latin litera/littera "letter, alphabetic sign; literature, books" (see letter (n.1)). Meaning "of or pertaining to alphabetic letters" is from late 15c. Sense of "verbally exact" is attested from 1590s, as is application to the primary sense of a word or passage. Literal-minded is attested from 1791.