- 1 [attributive] Concerning the writing, study, or content of literature, especially of the kind valued for quality of form: the great literary works of the nineteenth centuryMore example sentences
written, poetic, artistic, dramatic
- The second broad topic of dissension concerns the modes of analysis in literary and cultural studies.
- These ideas have gained a lot of currency in the study of literary genres.
- Eventually, he found an agent after one of his short stories was published in a literary magazine.
- 1.1Concerned with literature as a profession: it was signed by such literary figures as Maya AngelouMore example sentences
- The support of leading literary figures, Burns scholars and leading entertainers lent weight to the cause.
- Considered to be an immense literary figure, he earned his place in history with a simple tearjerker.
- But then it was read by the literary editor of the Washington Post, who was amazed by what he saw.
- 2(Of language) associated with literary works or other formal writing; having a marked style intended to create a particular emotional effect.More example sentences
formal, written, poetic, dramatic; elaborate, ornate, flowery; inkhorn
- Yes, I do feel if Urdu has to survive as a literary language it has to increase its vocabulary.
- This endeavor focused on folklore and history and began to unify the Ukrainian literary language.
- His language is very accessible as it is closer to the speaking rather than the literary language.
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- Authors such as William Faulkner, William Styron, Richard Wright, Eudora Welty, and Elizabeth Spencer, to name just a few, have been attracted both personally and literarily to Southern Europe.
- More ambitious both literarily and graphically, it makes for the better read.
- One reason for believing the reports are fictions is that apocalypses seem to allude literarily to previous apocalypses.
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- Let me now assuage the fear of theory by pointing out that there are theories which actually threaten or ignore the literariness of literature.
- This displacement seems also to occur in this discussion, were it not for the fact that its theoretical insights respond to the novel's complex negotiation of literariness.
- In fact, though, the novel's real interest is in its own literariness.
mid 17th century (in the sense 'relating to the letters of the alphabet'): from Latin litterarius, from littera (see letter).