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1‘those who believe in the literal truth of the biblical Genesis’
strict, factual, plain, simple, bare, exact, straightforward, stark
unvarnished, unexaggerated, unembellished, undistorted, unadulterated
objective, narrow, correct, true, truthful, faithful, accurate, genuine, authentic, veritable, veracious, gospel
metaphorical, figurative, loose, approximate
2‘a literal translation’
word-for-word, verbatim, line-for-line, letter-for-letter
exact, precise, faithful, close, strict, to the letter, undeviating, true, accurate
loose, liberal, vague
3‘his literal, unrhetorical manner’
literal-minded, down-to-earth, factual, matter-of-fact, no-nonsense, unsentimental, level-headed, hard-headed
prosaic, unimaginative, colourless, pedestrian, tedious, boring, dull, humdrum, uninspired, uninspiring, prosy
1‘William read through the article, correcting two literals’
misprint, error, mistake, slip, slip of the pen, keyboarding error, keying error, printing error, typesetting error, typing error, typographical error, corrigendum, erratum
informal typo, howler
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