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LITERATURE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does literature mean? 

LITERATURE (noun)
  The noun LITERATURE has 4 senses:

1. creative writing of recognized artistic value
2. the humanistic study of a body of literature
3. published writings in a particular style on a particular subject
4. the profession or art of a writer

  Familiarity information: LITERATURE used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


LITERATURE (noun)


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Meaning:

Creative writing of recognized artistic value

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Hypernyms ("literature" is a kind of...):

piece of writing; writing; written material (the work of a writer; anything expressed in letters of the alphabet (especially when considered from the point of view of style and effect))

Domain member category:

tempest ((literary) a violent wind)

tension (a balance between and interplay of opposing elements or tendencies (especially in art or literature))

longueur (a period of dullness or boredom (especially in a work of literature or performing art))

carved; carven (made for or formed by carving ('carven' is archaic or literary))

gothic (characterized by gloom and mystery and the grotesque)

filmable ((used of a story or literary work) capable of being adapted to motion picture form)

copyrighted ((of literary or musical or dramatic or artistic work) protected by copyright)

rosebud ((a literary reference to) a pretty young girl)

republication (something that has been published again; a fresh publication (as of a literary work))

editing; redaction (putting something (as a literary work or a legislative bill) into acceptable form)

literature (the profession or art of a writer)

steed ((literary) a spirited horse for state or war)

deconstruction; deconstructionism (a philosophical theory of criticism (usually of literature or film) that seeks to expose deep-seated contradictions in a work by delving below its surface meaning)

lit; literature (the humanistic study of a body of literature)

literature (published writings in a particular style on a particular subject)

flashback (a transition (in literary or theatrical works or films) to an earlier event or scene that interrupts the normal chronological development of the story)

flash-forward (a transition (in literary or theatrical works or films) to a later event or scene that interrupts the normal chronological development of the story)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "literature"):

Sanskrit literature (Hindu literature written in Sanskrit)


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Meaning:

The humanistic study of a body of literature

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

lit; literature

Context example:

he took a course in Russian lit

Hypernyms ("literature" is a kind of...):

literary study (the humanistic study of literature)

Domain category:

literature (creative writing of recognized artistic value)


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Meaning:

Published writings in a particular style on a particular subject

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Context examples:

the technical literature / one aspect of Waterloo has not yet been treated in the literature

Hypernyms ("literature" is a kind of...):

piece of writing; writing; written material (the work of a writer; anything expressed in letters of the alphabet (especially when considered from the point of view of style and effect))

Domain category:

literature (creative writing of recognized artistic value)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "literature"):

historiography (a body of historical literature)


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Meaning:

The profession or art of a writer

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Context example:

her place in literature is secure

Hypernyms ("literature" is a kind of...):

profession (an occupation requiring special education (especially in the liberal arts or sciences))

Domain category:

literature (creative writing of recognized artistic value)


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