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Literary vs. Literature

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  • Literary (adjective)

    Relating to literature.

    "literary fame"

    "a literary history"

    "literary conversation"

  • Literary (adjective)

    Relating to writers, or the profession of literature.

    "a literary man"

  • Literary (adjective)

    Knowledgeable of literature or writing.

  • Literary (adjective)

    Appropriate to literature rather than everyday writing.

  • Literary (adjective)

    Bookish.

  • Literature (noun)

    The body of all written works.

  • Literature (noun)

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

  • Literature (noun)

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

  • Literature (noun)

    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"

Wiktionary
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  • Literary (adjective)

    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"

  • Literary (adjective)

    concerned with literature as a profession

    "the newspaper's literary editor"

  • Literary (adjective)

    (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"

  • Literature (noun)

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

    "a great work of literature"

  • Literature (noun)

    books and writings published on a particular subject

    "the literature on environmental epidemiology"

  • Literature (noun)

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

    "advertising and promotional literature"

Oxford Dictionary
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  • Literary (adjective)

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

  • Literary (adjective)

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

  • Literature (noun)

    Learning; acquaintance with letters or books.

  • Literature (noun)

    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.

  • Literature (noun)

    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.

  • Literature (noun)

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

Webster Dictionary
  • Literary (adjective)

    of or relating to or characteristic of literature;

    "literary criticism"

  • Literary (adjective)

    knowledgeable about literature;

    "a literary style"

  • Literary (adjective)

    appropriate to literature rather than everyday speech or writing;

    "when trying to impress someone she spoke in an affected literary style"

  • Literature (noun)

    creative writing of recognized artistic value

  • Literature (noun)

    the humanistic study of a body of literature;

    "he took a course in Russian lit"

  • Literature (noun)

    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"

  • Literature (noun)

    the profession or art of a writer;

    "her place in literature is secure"

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