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literal -- as in: in the most literal sense
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Crime and Punishment
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  • Now, Zossimov, you may not believe me, that question was put literally in those words.
  • A little girl, still younger, dressed literally in rags, stood at the screen, waiting for her turn.
  • I was literally out of my mind.
  • You believe it literally?
  • Literally.
  • My explanation is that Marfa Petrovna was an ardent and impressionable woman and simply fell in love herself—literally fell in love—with your sister.
  • Her breath literally failed her.
  • Then all of a sudden she would be disillusioned and would rudely and contemptuously repulse the person she had only a few hours before been literally adoring.
  • She had the unfortunate habit of telling literally everyone all our family secrets and continually complaining of me; how could she fail to confide in such a delightful new friend?

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  • She thinks the creation story in the Bible is a literal description; while he thinks it is poetic.
  • The computer has no common sense. It will interpret everything you tell it literally.

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