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Literary language

Some words are found mainly in literature and poetry that is written in a grand or elevated style. Today, you also find this type of language used in the media, where it tends to be used to create a dramatic effect. Here are some examples of literary vocabulary:

standard English

literary

kill

slay

enemy

foe

apart

asunder

beautiful

beauteous

die

perish

It's best to avoid this type of language in everyday contexts. It can sound self-conscious or pretentious and it's likely to distract a reader or listener from what you trying to say.

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Grammar and usage