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  • adj. Not literal.


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un- +‎ literal


  • It may not be your cup of tea but if you want to check it out - unliteral.


  • There was nothing literal about him — being unliteral was Rune's highest compliment.

    Manhattan Is My Beat

  • Mr. Tate has restored some essays which were displaced in earlier collections, and he has given examples of recent work, a fine appreciation of Herbert Read, an essay on modern poetry, and a rebuke addressed to those who cultivate the unliteral imagination.

    Second Thoughts

  • Earthly Paradise_, like _The Tempest_, or the _Faerie Queene_, though they cause us no real illusion as to fact, nevertheless absorb our interest, and charm us with their unliteral beauties.

    Platform Monologues

  • Martin is always musical and flowing, sometimes miraculously fortunate in his metres, but intentionally unliteral and free.


  • [40] We need be the less afraid of a free, unliteral interpretation when we find a difference in the subjective conception of these events by even the evangelists themselves, Matthew speaking only of dreams and visions, and Luke of objective phenomena, viz., the appearance of angels.

    The Life of Jesus Christ in Its Historical Connexion and Historical Developement.

  • For this reason; that anything like a literal Translation would be, I think, unreadable; and what I have done for amusement is not only so unliteral, but I doubt

    Letters of Edward FitzGerald in two volumes, Vol. 1

  • My Translation will interest you from its _Form_, and also in many respects in its _Detail_: very unliteral as it is.

    Letters of Edward FitzGerald in two volumes, Vol. 1


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