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Saturday, December 02, 2017

Definitions for literatim

  1. letter-for-letter; literally.

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Citations for literatim
Now this is fine--it is rich!--and we have half a mind to punish this young scribbler for his egotism by really publishing his effusion verbatim et literatim, as he has written it. Edgar Allan Poe, "The Literary Life of Thingum Bob, Esq.," Southern Literary Messenger, December 1844
It is impossible for me to examine literatum and verbatim; not even indeed lineatim and paginatim. Hugh Henry Brackenridge, Modern Chivalry: Containing the Adventures of Captain John Farrago and Teague O'Regan, His Servant, 1792
Origin of literatim
Latin has many fossil word forms, usually nouns, used as adverbs, such as partim “partly, in part” (an old accusative singular of pars, stem part- “part, piece”) and articulātim “piece by piece, piecemeal” from (articulātus “jointed"). Līterātim (also litterātim), however, is New Latin, coined or at least used by the great Renaissance scholar Desiderius Erasmus (1466?-1536). Literatim entered English in the 17th century.