(Latin: letter; a graphic symbol, a written character, an alphabetic sign)

literal (adjective), more literal, most literal
Relating to something that is exactly as stated, read or understood without any additional explanations: Samuel was told that his investment in the bank was a literal account that guarantied specific profits for each person.
A reference to a statement or order that is completed as spoken or written.
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literally (adverb), more literally, most literally
A description of how something completely true is stated in an emphasised way, word for word: Anne literally broke her left wrist when she slipped on the ice and fell down.
Referring to the exact meaning of a statement.
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Descriptive of responding precisely to command even when it is not what was meant by the speaker.
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literati (pl) (noun) (only plural)
1. Well educated people who are especially interested in literature and the arts: Mark and his fellow members of the book club were known to be literati because of their special interests in reading, studying, writing, and contributing to the richness of their language with their publications.
2. Etymology: from Latin literati, litterati, plural of literatus, litteratus, "lettered"; primarily, "someone who knows the letters".

Examples of various kinds of literati: a. Intellectual elite or intelligentsia
b. Persons interested in literature or the arts (first used in Italy: 1615–25)
c. People of scholarly or literary attainments
d. Academics or reviewers who critique literature
e. The educated class

obliterate (verb), obliterates; obliterated; obliterating
1. To destroy something so that nothing remains; to abolish: The fire obliterated everything, including the whole house and garage.
2. To erase or to obscure something completely, leaving no trace; to efface: Randy drank a lot of beer in order to obliterate and blot out the memories of what had happened on the weekend.
3. To wipe out, to rub off, or to erase writing or other markings; to blot out or to render undecipherable: Jeff cleaned the black board and obliterated all the answers to the homework that were on it before.
4. In medicine, to remove a body organ or part completely, as by surgery, disease, or radiation: After the operation on Nancy's leg, all traces of the disease were obliterated.
5. Etymology: used since about 1600, from Latin obliteratus past participle of the infinitive obliterare "to cause to disappear, to efface, to remove letters"; from ob, "against" + littera or litera, "letter, script".

Said to be abstracted from the phrase literas scribere "to write across letters, to strike out letters".

To erase or to blot out.
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transliterate (trans LIT uh rayt", tranz LIT uh rayt") (verb), transliterates; transliterated; transliterating
To write or to spell something using the characters of a different alphabet: Tina's friend agreed to try to transliterate the ancient Egyptian script into English for her because unless it can first be transliterated, there is no way she could understand it.