(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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literalism (s) (noun), literalisms (pl)
1. An adherence to the exact letter or precise significance of a writing as when interpreting or translating what a written contents means.
2. The style of art that presents a compiled subject or topic as accurately as is possible.
literalist (s) (noun), literalists (pl)
1. Someone who strives to the present the exact representation of a statement or law.
2. A person who translates text as clearly as possible.
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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literary (adjective), more literary, most literary
1. A reference to the writing, study, or content of literature; especially, of the kind valued for its quality of form: Literary words and expressions are often unusual in some way and are used to create a special effect in a piece of writing such as a poem, speech, or novel.
2. Associated with written works or other formal writings that have a significant style intended to create a particular effect: Use literary when you want to indicate a written composition with high artistic qualities.

Something doesn't have to be "literature" to be literary; however, they are related.

literate (adjective), more literate, most literate
1. Descriptive of being able to read and to write so others can understand what is composed: Shirley is a literate writer in English, Latin, and Ancient Greek.
2. Showing knowledge about particular subjects: Mark has a job which requires him to be a literate operator with computers.
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

literature (s) (noun), literatures (pl)
1. Written works including poems, dramas, and novels which are considered to be very significant and to have lasting importance: Shirley is taking courses in history and English literature all of which are providing her with an appreciation for well known authors; such as Shakespeare.
2. Books, articles, etc., about particular subjects; such as, medical, scientific , and technology literature.
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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obliteration (s) (noun) (no plural)
The complete destruction of something so nothing is left: Many houses in parts of the United States have recently suffered obliteration as a result of the hurricanes that took place.
obliterative (adjective), more obliterative, most obliterative
1. Descriptive of removing completely and leaving no trace.
2. A reference to wiping out or to destroy something so it no longer exists.
obliterator (s) (noun), obliterators (pl)
Anyone, or those, who eliminate something completely so as to leave no trace of it: When Ted's house was set on fire by thieves when he was on a trip with his family, the obliterators made it appear that there would be no evidence that they had been there and stolen his valuables.
Quotes: Illiteracy, Illiterate, Uneducated
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semiliterate (adjective), more semiliterate, most semiliterate
Descriptive of being able to read and to write on an elementary level or having the ability to read but unable to write because of one's limited knowledge or understanding: One example of being a semiliterate person is to consistently use the wrong spelling of similar-sounding words; such as, "their", "there", and "they're".
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.