Latin Love, Vol III: littera – 12 Words

literal

limited to the explicit meaning of a word or text

He had me in a literal and figurative choke hold.
literary

relating to or characteristic of creative writing

His astonishing literary productivity—he published more than 400 books in his career—was matched, or even surpassed, by his sexual appetite.Slate (Apr 30, 2013)
literature

writings in a particular style on a particular subject

“Art, literature and culture can bring people together,” McGovern said.Seattle Times (May 6, 2013)
obliterate

remove completely from recognition or memory

Earth is going to be obliterated by a giant asteroid on 6 March.
alliteration

use of the same consonant at the beginning of each word

Lean, long, and lanky, beautiful alliteration, is it not?Douglas, Amanda M.
literacy

the ability to read and write

Half of those entering young offenders’ institutions aged 15 to 17 have literacy levels you would usually find in primary schools.
illiterate

not able to read or write

We had no books at home – my immigrant family was largely illiterate – so I never expected to come across this oral story in a bookshop.
litigation

a legal proceeding in a court

Every day I talk with business owners embroiled in costly litigation.
litigious

of or relating to legal proceedings

But in America’s highly litigious society, many legal and tech policy experts agree that the patent wars have spun out of control.
literati

the literary intelligentsia

I found him just completing his series of papers called “The Literati of New York.”Weiss, Susan Archer
lettered

highly educated

Catholic sentiment had gained among the lettered classes.Dawson, Æneas MacDonell
unlettered

having little acquaintance with writing

These peoples were all fierce, warlike, free, unlettered barbarians.Barrows, David P.

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