LITERAL in a Sentence

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 Meanings and Examples of LITERAL
Definition Example Sentence Classic Sentence
 a.  according to the letter or verbal expression; exactly as stated
Classic Sentence: (41 in 3 pages)
1  I had forgotten you were so literal.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER XLI
2  It was not, indeed, anything specific that he feared: there had been a literal truth in his declaration that he did not think anything would happen.
House of Mirth By Edith Wharton
Get Context   In BOOK 2: Chapter 3
3  He was a serious and literal person, and rather humorless.
Main Street By Sinclair Lewis
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXXVI
4  Thus a literal translation of the.
The Last of the Mohicans By James Fenimore Cooper
Get Context   In CHAPTER 1
5  Tell him that we yield to his rapacity, as in similar circumstances we should do to that of a literal robber.
Ivanhoe By Walter Scott
Get Context   In CHAPTER XXI
6  When I say, therefore, that Mycroft has better powers of observation than I, you may take it that I am speaking the exact and literal truth.
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes By Arthur Conan Doyle
Get Context   In X. The Adventure of The Greek Interpreter
7  "'Tisn't in mine head, it's in mine mouf," answered literal Demi, putting out his tongue, with a chocolate drop on it, thinking she alluded to confectionery, not ideas.
Little Women By Louisa May Alcott
8  Thus, when Emancipation finally came, it seemed to the freedman a literal Coming of the Lord.
The Souls of Black Folk By W. E. B. Du Bois
Get Context   In X
9  Gray wool for uniforms was now almost literally more priceless than rubies, and Ashley was wearing the familiar homespun.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche
Get Context   In CHAPTER XV
10  I don't mean, literally, to take the next train.
House of Mirth By Edith Wharton
Get Context   In BOOK 1: Chapter 7
11  It was the idea also, that this same spermaceti was that quickening humor of the Greenland Whale which the first syllable of the word literally expresses.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville
Get Context   In CHAPTER 32. Cetology.
12  I couldn't help thinking that the years when Lena literally hadn't enough clothes to cover herself might have something to do with her untiring interest in dressing the human figure.
My Antonia By Willa Cather
Get Context   In BOOK 3. Lena Lingard: IV
13  I know for a fact, that his race horses literally ran away with the prettiest bit of Kentucky farming land I ever laid eyes upon.
The Awakening By Kate Chopin
Get Context   In XXII
14  All day long the gates of the packing houses were besieged by starving and penniless men; they came, literally, by the thousands every single morning, fighting with each other for a chance for life.
The Jungle By Upton Sinclair
Get Context   In Chapter 7
15  The winter went, and the spring came, and found them still living thus from hand to mouth, hanging on day by day, with literally not a month's wages between them and starvation.
The Jungle By Upton Sinclair
Get Context   In Chapter 10
Example Sentence:
1  The literal meaning of the word " cat " is an animal.
2  His story is incredible in the literal sense of the word.
3  I beg your pardon, it is the literal truth: he asked me more than once, and was as stiff about urging his point as ever you could be.
4  It is context and convention that determine whether a term will be interpreted literally or metaphorically.
5  The event literally stopped the traffic.
6  She refused food and literally starved herself to death.
7  Greenfly can literally suck a plant dry.
8  If you tell a person to "step on it" or "throw on your coat," they may take you literally, with disastrous consequences.
9  The word literally translates to 'dispeller of darkness,' or 'one who brings light.'
10  The colonel in charge of the rubbish clearing operation, Keith Schollom, told me this was literally a mountain of a problem to be dealing with.
11  There are literally hundreds of varieties of these two species of legume, including beans and peas with many different sizes, colors, shapes.
12  Over one-quarter of the adult population are not fully literate.
13  They are the first fully literate generation in the country.
14  Though nearly twenty he was barely literate.
15  This claim is made on the grounds that literate people can be trained less expensively.