Listen to Inigo.
lit·er·al·ly [lit-er-uh-lee]adverb1. in the literal or strict sense: What does the word mean literally?2. in a literal manner; word for word: to translate literally.3. actually; without exaggeration or inaccuracy: The city was literally destroyed.4. in effect; in substance; very nearly; virtually.
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adjective1. in accordance with, involving, or being the primary or strict meaning of the word or words; not figurative or metaphorical: the literal meaning of a word.2. following the words of the original very closely and exactly: a literal translation of Goethe.3. true to fact; not exaggerated; actual or factual: a literal description of conditions.4. being actually such, without exaggeration or inaccuracy: the literal extermination of a city.5. (of persons) tending to construe words in the strict sense or in an unimaginative way; matter-of-fact; prosaic.