Definition of unliteral in English:

unliteral

Pronunciation /(ˌ)ʌnˈlɪt(ə)rəl/ /(ˌ)ʌnˈlɪt(ə)r(ə)l/

adjective

  • Not literal; especially allegorical or metaphorical in character. Also as noun (with the): that which is not literal.

Origin

Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Abraham Woodhead (1609–1678), Roman Catholic controversialist. From un- + literal.