figuratively / literally

figuratively / literally
   Figuratively refers to metaphoric speech, not realistic or exact: To say, "Horace died laughing," is to speak figuratively.
   Literally refers to realistic or exact speech: If Horace literally died laughing, he must be buried (but it was not such a bad way to go).

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  • figuratively / literally —    Figuratively refers to metaphoric speech, not realistic or exact: To say, Horace died laughing, is to speak figuratively.    Literally refers to realistic or exact speech: If Horace literally died laughing, he must be buried (but it was not… …   Confused words

  • figuratively, literally — Figuratively means not literally, that is, metaphorically (by means of a likeness or figure of speech). Literally means really, actually. Literally means in a manner true to the exact meaning of the words it accompanies ; figuratively means in a… …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • literally — See figuratively. See figuratively, literally …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • figuratively — See figuratively, literally …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • literally — [lit′ər əl ē] adv. in a literal manner or sense; specif., a) word for word; not imaginatively, figuratively, or freely [to translate a passage literally] b) actually; in fact [the house literally burned to the ground ]: now often used as an… …   English World dictionary

  • literally — [adv] word for word; exactly actually, completely, correctly, direct, directly, faithfully, indisputably, letter by letter*, literatim, not figuratively, plainly, precisely, really, rightly, rigorously, sic*, simply, straight, strictly, to the… …   New thesaurus

  • Literally — Lit er*al*ly, adv. 1. According to the primary and natural import of words; not figuratively; as, a man and his wife can not be literally one flesh. [1913 Webster] 2. With close adherence to words; word by word. [1913 Webster] So wild and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • literally — adverb /ˈlɪtəɹəli/ a) word for word; not figuratively; not as an idiom or metaphor When I saw on the news that there would be no school tomorrow because of the snowstorm, I literally jumped for joy, and hit my head on the ceiling fan. b) used as… …   Wiktionary

  • literally — 01. The players were [literally] dripping wet after the two hour practice. 02. The [literal] meaning of starving is dying of hunger, but people often use it to mean they are very hungry. 03. The views of the city from the top of the mountain are… …   Grammatical examples in English

  • literally —    All too often used as a kind of disclaimer by writers who mean, literally, the opposite of what they are saying. The result is generally excruciating: Hetzel was literally born with a butchers knife in his mouth (Chicago Tribune); After a slow …   Dictionary of troublesome word

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