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literature

Line breaks: lit¦era|ture
Pronunciation: /ˈlɪt(ə)rətʃə
 
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Definition of literature in English:

noun

[mass noun]
1Written works, especially those considered of superior or lasting artistic merit: a great work of literature
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  • These deaths are real deaths, and they pile up in ways that define our histories and literatures and social sciences.
  • The seminar's topic was Renaissance utopian literatures, focusing on More's Utopia.
  • Many scholars consider this novel a modern classic in US literatures.
Synonyms
written works, writings, (creative) writing, literary texts, compositions, letters, belles-lettres;
printed works, published works;
humanities, arts, liberal arts
1.1Books and writings published on a particular subject: the literature on environmental epidemiology
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  • There is almost no published literature on the subject, and we are largely guided by our own opinions, experience, and - in some cases - prejudice.
  • And contrary to some assertions, they have published peer-reviewed literature on the subject.
  • It is certainly true that the published literature on the subject is well surveyed.
Synonyms
publications, published writings, texts, reports, studies, relevant works
1.2Leaflets and other printed matter used to advertise products or give advice: advertising and promotional literature
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  • For more straightforward cash rewards, consumers will have to read the small print of product literature to ensure they have the card that best suits their spending needs.
  • They will be visiting problem areas to hand out literature and advice to people on how best to secure their vehicles, and offering support to victims.
  • The campaign included rebranding the company and producing new corporate literature, advertising and media, website and promotional items.
Synonyms

Origin

late Middle English (in the sense 'knowledge of books'): via French from Latin litteratura, from littera (see letter).

Words that rhyme with literature

portraiture

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