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date: 24 May 2024

Literal. 

Source:
The Oxford Companion to the English Language
Author(s):
Tom McArthurTom McArthur, Jacqueline Lam-McArthurJacqueline Lam-McArthur, Lise FontaineLise Fontaine

1. A term traditionally opposed to figurative and metaphorical. Although it is generally unrelated to letters; literacy, and literature, it suggests the influence of the letter as a measure of strictness and rightness: ... ...

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