Definition of literary in English:

literary

Line breaks: lit¦er|ary
Pronunciation: /ˈlɪt(ə)(rə)ri
 
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adjective

  • 2(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
    More example sentences
    • 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.
    Synonyms
    formal, written; poetic, dramatic, dignified, solemn; elaborate, ornate, flowery, purple

Derivatives

literarily

adverb
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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.

literariness

noun
More example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

mid 17th century (in the sense 'relating to the letters of the alphabet'): from Latin litterarius, from littera (see letter).

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