Definition of LITERATURE

Definition of LITERATURE

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lit·​er·​a·​ture | ˈli-tə-rə-ˌchu̇r How to pronounce literature (audio) , ˈli-trə-ˌchu̇r, ˈli-tər-ˌchu̇r, ˈli-tə-, -chər, -ˌtyu̇r, -ˌtu̇r How to pronounce literature (audio)

1a(1) : writings in prose or verse especially : writings having excellence of form or expression and expressing ideas of permanent or universal interest literature stands related to man as science stands to nature— J. H. Newman

(2) : an example of such writings what came out, though rarely literature, was always a roaring good story — People

b : the body of writings on a particular subject scientific literature

c : the body of written works produced in a particular language, country, or age French literature Renaissance literature

d : printed matter (such as leaflets or circulars) campaign literature

2 : the production of literary work especially as an occupation Literature is his profession.

3 : the aggregate of a usually specified type of musical compositions the Brahms piano literature


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