Merriam -Webster has this to say about their changing the definition of “literally” to mean both literally and figuratively:
“….the fact that Charles Dickens used literally in a figurative sense (“‘Lift him out,’ said Squeers, after he had literally feasted his eyes, in silence, upon the culprit”) doesn’t stop readers from complaining about our definition. We define literally in two senses:
1) in a literal sense or manner : actually
2) in effect : virtually
What I have to say to Merriam-Webster?
I am literally astounded that the meaning of this word
has come to be its opposite. Don’t you find it absurd
That literally means “actually,” but now you have the gall
to say it also can mean “figurative?” Now I’ve seen it all!