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LITERARY

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does literary mean? 

LITERARY (adjective)
  The adjective LITERARY has 3 senses:

1. of or relating to or characteristic of literature
2. knowledgeable about literature
3. appropriate to literature rather than everyday speech or writing

  Familiarity information: LITERARY used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


LITERARY (adjective)


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Meaning:

Of or relating to or characteristic of literature

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Context example:

literary criticism

Pertainym:

literature (creative writing of recognized artistic value)


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Meaning:

Knowledgeable about literature

Context example:

a literary style

Similar:

literate (versed in literature; dealing with literature)


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Meaning:

Appropriate to literature rather than everyday speech or writing

Context example:

when trying to impress someone she spoke in an affected literary style

Similar:

formal ((of spoken and written language) adhering to traditional standards of correctness and without casual, contracted, and colloquial forms)


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