Verbatim means word for word. I also use it to mean letter for letter. Is there a better choice meaning letter for letter?

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    Could you give us an example of how you're using the word? Some synonyms are appropriate in one context but not another.
    – JBH
    Mar 29, 2018 at 17:42
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    Litteratim. You'll also find verbatim et litteratim. Mar 29, 2018 at 18:21
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    Thanks, Stoney! Make it an answer so I can accept. I found it in the dictionary with one 'T', literatim.
    – EllieK
    Mar 29, 2018 at 18:54

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Literatim. You'll also find verbatim et literatim. – StoneyB

However this usage is rare, you may need to explain it. In general use "verbatim" means both word for word and letter for letter.

If you want to keep things simple you can use "exactly" as it "He copied the text exactly".


Verbatim is one of the English words that are hard to be given a synonym. LDOCE 5th version gives the meaning as follows:

(verbatim, formal:) repeating the actual words that were spoken or written

There are some more synonyms offered by linguee.de (here I used a German word for finding out more about the possible synonyms of verbatim):

literal or word-for-word

Here are the examples:

Their stories were taped and transcribed verbatim.

A trade war is not a war in the literal sense.

The newspaper printed his speech more or less word for word.

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