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Literary vs. Literature

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Literaryadjective

Relating to literature.

‘literary fame’; ‘a literary history’; ‘literary conversation’;

Literaturenoun

The body of all written works.

Literaryadjective

Relating to writers, or the profession of literature.

‘a literary man’;

Literaturenoun

The collected creative writing of a nation, people, group, or culture.

Literaryadjective

Knowledgeable of literature or writing.

Literaturenoun

All the papers, treatises, etc. published in academic journals on a particular subject.

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Literaryadjective

Appropriate to literature rather than everyday writing.

Literaturenoun

Written fiction of a high standard.

‘However, even “literary” science fiction rarely qualifies as literature, because it treats characters as sets of traits rather than as fully realized human beings with unique life stories. —Adam Cadre, 2008’;

Literaryadjective

Bookish.

Literaturenoun

Learning; acquaintance with letters or books.

Literaryadjective

Of or pertaining to letters or literature; pertaining to learning or learned men; as, literary fame; a literary history; literary conversation.

‘He has long outlived his century, the term commonly fixed as the test of literary merit.’;

Literaturenoun

The collective body of literary productions, embracing the entire results of knowledge and fancy preserved in writing; also, the whole body of literary productions or writings upon a given subject, or in reference to a particular science or branch of knowledge, or of a given country or period; as, the literature of Biblical criticism; the literature of chemistry.

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Literaryadjective

Versed in, or acquainted with, literature; occupied with literature as a profession; connected with literature or with men of letters; as, a literary man.

‘In the literary as well as fashionable world.’;

Literaturenoun

The class of writings distinguished for beauty of style or expression, as poetry, essays, or history, in distinction from scientific treatises and works which contain positive knowledge; belles-lettres.

Literaryadjective

of or relating to or characteristic of literature;

‘literary criticism’;

Literaturenoun

The occupation, profession, or business of doing literary work.

‘The origin of all positive science and philosophy, as well as of all literature and art, in the forms in which they exist in civilized Europe, must be traced to the Greeks.’; ‘Learning thy talent is, but mine is sense.’; ‘Some gentlemen, abounding in their university erudition, fill their sermons with philosophical terms.’;

Literaryadjective

knowledgeable about literature;

‘a literary style’;

Literaturenoun

creative writing of recognized artistic value

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Literaryadjective

appropriate to literature rather than everyday speech or writing;

‘when trying to impress someone she spoke in an affected literary style’;

Literaturenoun

the humanistic study of a body of literature;

‘he took a course in Russian lit’;

Literaryadjective

concerning the writing, study, or content of literature, especially of the kind valued for quality of form

‘the great literary works of the nineteenth century’;

Literaturenoun

published writings in a particular style on a particular subject;

‘the technical literature’; ‘one aspect of Waterloo has not yet been treated in the literature’;

Literaryadjective

concerned with literature as a profession

‘the newspaper's literary editor’;

Literaturenoun

the profession or art of a writer;

‘her place in literature is secure’;

Literaryadjective

(of language) associated with literary works or other formal writing; having a marked style intended to create a particular emotional effect

‘the script was too literary’;

Literaturenoun

written works, especially those considered of superior or lasting artistic merit

‘a great work of literature’;

Literaturenoun

books and writings published on a particular subject

‘the literature on environmental epidemiology’;

Literaturenoun

leaflets and other printed matter used to advertise products or give advice

‘advertising and promotional literature’;

Literature

Literature broadly is any collection of written work, but it is also used more narrowly for writings specifically considered to be an art form, especially prose fiction, drama, and poetry. In recent centuries, the definition has expanded to include oral literature, much of which has been transcribed.

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